I could only image the actual commotion and shouting that occurred when Hindenburg was publicly placing the blame of Germany’s loss on people other than the military. In General Ludendorff’s Memories were very eloquently written. It was clear that he truly believed that he, his military associates, and the German people were victims of the German government. It is obvious that he strategically uses certain language to describe the German people and soldiers as
Two extremely differentiating documents of the Holocaust relay to their audience unlike tones, yet similar purposes. Both authors use specific writing tolls to share their insightful information about the Holocaust with their audience. Devil's Arithmetic, by Jane Yolen, concerns the inexplicable the inexplicable dehumanization of people in death camps. The fact that she is a Jew in real life contributes to the tone of compassion through pure demoralization. However, Peter Fischl poem, “To The Little Boy Standing With His Arms Up,” has a tone of regret, ignorance, and what it is to be a bystander, Both authors have a universal message.
Gerhard Schroder, in his commemoration speech, “I Express My Shame” (2005) reveals his shame for those who have lost their lives in the camps, and takes ownership for the mistakes of Germany. Gerhard Schroder develops and supports this thesis by using serious tone, repetition, strongly worded diction. Schroder’s purpose is to represent the Germans as a whole, and apologize for their actions during World War II. In order to recognize the Jewish people that have lost their lives. Schroder directs this speech to Jewish survivors, as he expresses his empathy towards the past.
Elie spoke of his past and the several events that took place during his time in concentration camps. While showing an immense amount of gratitude to what the current day “Government” he also talks about the terrible mistakes we made as a country during World War II. Elie wonders why we didn't intervene as much as we should have untill after the war saying “Why was there a greater effort to save SS murderers after the war than to save their victims during the war?”. Elie does speak of christians though saying “But then, there were human beings who were sensitive to out tragedy. Those non-jews, those Christians, that we called the “Righteous Gentiles,” whose selfless acts of heroism saved the honor of their faith.
Through strong, descriptive words Reagan paints vivid pictures of the wall and motivates the audience to yearn for a united city. For example, by stating “every man is a German separated from his fellow men. Every man is a Berliner, forced to look upon a scar,” Reagan causes the listeners to view the wall as an unattractive mark upon the earth. Because people desire attractive things and want to remove blemishes, Reagan’s metaphor of the wall as a scar, a blemish on the earth, causes listeners to desire the eradication of the wall. Also, Reagan recalls to the audience a sign he had seen which celebrated the Marshall Plan.
On April 12th 1999, Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate, delivered a speech that would change the minds of citizens in America for generations to come. As part of the Millennium Lecture Series, Wiesel discussed his horrific experiences in the concentration camp of Auschwitz and turned them into numerous knowledgeable life lessons. The message of the speech, titled Perils of Indifference, portrays citizens around the world should discourage indifference being tolerated, and it is achieved by creating credibility (ethos in beginning ), by using strict logic and reason (logos used in middle), and by discussing the morality on being indifferent to victims of injustice and cruelty (pathos used in end). In the speech Perils of Indifference, Elie
Yet, in 2006, Wiesel joined Oprah Winfrey for a T.V special on a trip back to Auschwitz and again in 2009, with President Obama and Angela Merkle Chancellor of Germany as company. Where the three of them toured Buchenwald, which gave Wiesel the opportunity to reflect on the suffering and death of his father in the camp. As one of few Holocaust survivors, Elie Wiesel has created a significant impact in society not only through the words he has written but also through his actions as an activist to advocate for a more human
During Elie Wiesel’s time in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps, he was met with the sentiment, “Forget where you came from; forget who you were. Only the present matters.” German forces at concentration camps echoed this sentiment to many persecuted ethnic Jews, attempting to shed their last shred of individuality. Elie Wiesel did not follow the words of his oppressors. Instead, Elie learned the importance of memory, despite the repeated attempts at stripping away his identity.
It is a film about courage in adversity and friendship. The audience is engaged the entire film and as the film is from the perspective of a German family, who are normally considered the enemy in films about World War II, it is interesting to see the war from their perspective. The film brought up the topic of man’s inhumanity and what we are willing to do to each other if given the chance. Through the personal and empathetic connections we make with the characters, we (the audience) reflect on actions (although less major than dropping bombs) even if minor which have hurt or effected people negatively. I would recommend this film to people of all ages who have felt out of place at some point in their lives when they have moved to a new environment and people who would like to look at war and death from a different
The speaker is powerless against the Nazi SS soldiers, and often during a crisis, if a person is surrounded by others, they wait for someone else to take charge and handle the situation. The speaker knows he will die if he challenges the Nazis, so he helplessly looks on in the hopes that someone else will end this madness. The author shares this story in order to stop the bystander effect, and empower people to prevent this if it happens again. There have been many genocides in history, and humanity (the people, but also the concept) will not survive unless we prevent another from happening. Mindless drones volunteer to avoid
History is a subjective matter. There are several narrations and interpretations for every historical incident ever happened. Human beings are not immune to their own evil, which makes them vulnerable and painfully exposed to their self-made tragedies. Merriam Webster defines 'historiography' as "the writing of history based on the critical examination of sources, the selection of particulars from the authentic materials, and the synthesis of particulars into a narrative that will stand the test of critical methods." The significance of historiography lies in its ability to examine the evolution of thoughts and feelings concerned with a particular historical event.
In Gerhard’s speech, “I express my shame” the speaker is deeply sadden by the German’s actions during World War II. He voice how he is hurt by the evil deeds that were committed by his own race. Through persuasives strategies he wants to inform people that not everyone supported the German’s action during the war. He is ashamed that these doings can never be erased in the pages of history. His personal connections to the holocaust gives his speech a more emotional effect.
Opinion vs. Experience People display judgment through the concept of racism. In America, African-Americans and Native Americans had been the races colonials decided to exploit. During World War II Jewish people were the targets for Nazi Germany. Using pathos, ethos, and logos Woody Allen's Random Reflections of A Second Rate Mind and Bruno Bettelheim's A Victim reflects how society requires a group to belittle in order to make them stronger. Using pathos Bruno Bettelheim's A Victim captures the reader and shows them the conditions of the camps.
The Holocaust was a time period when the nazis killed jews just because they could. Holocaust is a word of greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis who came to power in Germany in January 1933 didn’t like the germans they believed that germans were “racially superior. ”Within the 15,000 camps located all across Germany, 11 million jewish people were murdered. This was one of the lowest points in our history that would later be called the holocaust.
Witness to History In late January, 1933 the world's’ sickest man Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany and leader of the Nazis. So this began the Holocaust. In 1944 a man Elie Wiesel experiences a year of suffering and torment, taken captive in the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust. He writes about these important events of his life in his book, Night.