Religion was another device used to reach the social consciousness of the prisoners. But religion was not on the minds of most prisoners, as Maurice Perret of the Swiss Legation discovered after visiting Camp Cooke in September 1944. In fact, the prisoners had turned down an offer from American Army chaplains to conduct religious services in the camp. Since religion (Christianity) under National Socialism was subjugated to state control, dedicated Nazis resented its practice outside party-sanctioned gatherings. Some stayed away because they feared participation would invite reprisals from Nazi stalwarts in the camp. Others were simply indifferent.36
Until the defeat of Nazi Germany in May 1945, only a tiny minority of POWs regularly attended religious services at Camp Cooke. At first, Catholic services were conducted in the theater barracks and Protestant services in a schoolroom. After the war when the number of worshipers increased significantly, both congregations held regular gatherings in a chapel outside the POW camp. Lt. Harris obtained the services of German-speaking civilian clergymen for both …show more content…
Helene De Groodt, the widow of Lieutenant (later Captain) Franklin T. De Groodt who was assigned to Camp Cooke and to several of its branch camps recalls one such incident at the Delano camp:
Once when Frank was commanding the Delano camp, a churchful of storefront fundamentalists decided they were going to go down to the POW compound (which wasn’t far from the center of that little valley town) to “save them Nazi sinners.” In those times many of the migrant workers who had come to harvest crops and stayed in the valley towns were dust bowl Okies, etc. They had little education, a lot of gullibility, and a strong founding in one sort of fundamentalist religion or another. Most of them, when they got to California, formed little storefront churches and had frequent revival
The documentary film, “Jesus Camp” by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady takes viewers to the American heartland where it exposes the indoctrination of children into the radical Evangelical Christian religious belief system via a ‘summer camp’ experience. Indoctrination is the politically correct term for ‘brain-washing’, or forcing another to “accept the ideas, opinions and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider any other ideas, opinions and beliefs”("Def," ). The parents of these children, though they would violently oppose the idea, are guilty of abusing their children under the guise of religion. Every parent wants what he or she may feel is best for his or her child.
With such dreadful conditions, the Jews began initiating resistance and uprisings. Even though the prisoners knew loss was unquestionable, they fought bravely and certain. The Jews wanted the future generation to know that they would never give up without a fight. The Nazi officers kept watch of the prisoners every second; the inhumanity of the guards murdered the spirit of the Jews. Because of the environment of the camps, a countless number of Jews died every day.
Prisoner of war camps were common during World War II. However, the book Unbroken displays the true horrors that were in the Japanese prisoner of war camps. This book captures the life of Louis Zamperini and tells the horrendous conditions that he and other prisoners faced during their time in the prisons. The Japanese internment camps did not fulfill the purpose of the camp, the treatment of the prisoners that they deserved; also the prisoners were given meaningless jobs to fulfill.
What is fundamentalism? Essentially, it is an adherence to the literally interpreted Bible as fundamental to life and teaching. In his book, Fundamentalism and American Culture, George M. Marsden attacks the daunting question of “How has the fundamentalist movement managed to resist the pressures of the scientific community and the draw of modern popular culture to hold on to their ultra-conservative Christian views?” Not only does this History textbook answer that pressing question, but it also tells the incredible, encouraging tale of how Christian principles CAN survive in a godless world. From the first chapter, Marsden notes fundamentalism’s steady march through American history.
Many people around the globe can speak more than one language. In some countries, like Den-mark, it is required by the government that you learn a foreign language at school. Of course not all countries are as privileged as Denmark. Some people have to reach out themselves if they feel the need to learn a new language. One of those people is 41-year old David Sedaris, who wrote an essay called ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ in 2005.
Peter Gays and his family lived under Nazi rule before it got to the point were people were being put into ghettos and shipped off in trains. They were a typical German middle class family that really had no reason to leave once Hitler and the Nazis came to power. They knew very little about whether or not they would even be under the category of Jews because they didn’t practice it. Peter gay writes, “we German Jews had to live
This religious study will define the evolutionary growth of cultural and racial diversity of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) in the late 129th and 20th centuries. The original pietisten philosophy of the Swedish protestant movement defines the foundations of the ECC in the late 19th century. However, the formation of Mission Friends societies throughout the United States, and especially in the Chicago area, prompted a break towards a more radical evangelical ideology. These “conventicles” would define a distinct American style of evangelical practice through the leadership of Carl Olof Rosenius (1816-1868) and eventually, under the leadership of Paul Peter Waldenström (1838-1917). These cultural shifts would occur during the Great Migration
Democracy, in short, is a government for the people, ran by the people. Democratic ideals refer to standards and persons who look to not only expand democracy, but expand it to the whole of the population. Democracy was the keystone to the budding America; it was what set her apart from other nations. However, citizens looked to improve the coverage and quality of democracy. Throughout the early 1800s to around 1850, reform movements began to sweep the nation.
Some of these survivors never believed in their religion after their experiences. However, for others, it took time for them to retrieve the passionate faith that they once had. In the duration of their time spent at the concentration camps, almost all of the victims questioned
An example was when Wiesel and all the jewish prisoners in Bruna had assembled on the Appelplatz on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, his thoughts were, “Why, but why would I bless Him? Every fiber in me rebelled. Because he caused thousands of children to burn in His mass graves?” (Wiesel 67). Elie Wiesel was very religious before he
The torturing and suffering caused is what widdles down the belief, and this present throughout the novel. Only the strong and the ones who have most faith would survive, yet at the same time, if they didn’t originally have faith, they could’ve avoided the concentration camps
Losing the Faith? During difficult times, many people turn to their faith in order to help themselves deal with the situation that they are going through. However, difficult times may cause people to stray away from their faith or forget about their beliefs all together. In his novel, Night, Elie Wiesel describes in detail his time spent in a concentration camp.
People Who Helped in Hidden Ways Topic: Germans that helped Jews during World War II Working thesis statement: Helping Jews was very dangerous in Nazi Germany during World War Two because of Hitler’s bigoted nationalism, yet numerous Germans civilians and soldiers assisted a Jew in some way during the time of war. In The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Liesel’s fictitious family and friends help Jews in the same ways that real life Germans helped Jews to hide and escape during World War II. Rolling Introduction Introduction Paragraph #1 Introduction Paragraph #2 Religious intolerance and persecution of Jewish people was common in Nazi Germany; however, there were some Germans that helped Jews despite the dangers. Some brave German soldiers and