Elie Wiesel went through a lot as a holocaust survivor. Because he had to suffer in concentration camps, I think he should be one to know a lot about the perils of indifference. Elie Wiesel’s book Night, released in 1958 and his magnificent speech, The Perils of Indifference from 1999 both share and try to convince the audience about his main message, which is that indifference is dangerous. In his speech, he explains how indifference about others is much easier than caring about them, and so much easier to look away from victims. His book Night is a haunting tale about the horrors Jewish people experienced during World War II.
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
It is an explanation and defence of survivors and who they truly are. The Drowned and the Saved is a meticulous examination of both the prisoners and the officials of the camp as well as the general public, meditating on the meaning of the mass exterminations while also arguing it should not be forgotten. Levi presents an analytical discussion of his experience in the camps and after, considering The Drowned and the Saved outlines the author’s survival of Auschwitz, but more importantly considers the emotions of survivors and the German people after the their release. Levi discusses in detail the shame the prisoners felt once released. This is a perspective unique to Levi and other narratives like his.
Led by Adolf Hitler, the Nazis exercised authoritative control over a mass of hard-working proletarians, specifically minorities. For a considerable amount of time, these minorities were used as scapegoats for German problems and were subject to extreme ostracization and brutal torture. As a German, Heinrich Böll felt a substantial amount of guilt on behalf of his country and the things its government had done (Schumaker). Additionally, he felt Germany’s morals were generally worsening (Reid) and thus sought to divulge the social tyranny of the aristocracy. Through his work, specifically “The Balek Scales,” Böll garnered a “solid reputation as ‘the good German’ who unambiguously criticised fascism,” (Reid).
The poem is about the regret Fischl is feeling for the little Polish boy and the millions of people who lost their lives. Fischl wishes he was the one to suffer that pain and feels that he could have done something to stop it. Fischl uses parallelism in his poem he states, "and the world who said nothing" he repeats this line repeatedly to show how there were millions of people getting killed, no one stood up to help not even himself that is why he feels regret and wishes he could have done something. One of the important lines that made me like this poem was, "The world watch and did nothing" by this we know that millions of people like the little polish boy, who are getting targeted with war machine guns and no one standing up or they pretend nothing is there but, there is a lot. The world was blind and not noticing or acting on what is occurring in the world.
In his 1986 Nobel Peace Acceptance Speech, Elie Wiesel develops the claim that remaining silent on human sufferings makes us just as guilty as those who inflicted the suffering and remain guilty for not keeping the memory of those humans alive. Elie Wiesel voiced his emotions and thoughts of the horrors done to Jewish people during World War II whilst developing his claim. Wiesel “remember[s] his bewilderment,” “his astonishment,” and “his anguish” when he saw they were dropped into the ghetto to become slaves and to be slaughtered. He repeats the words “I remember” because he and the world, especially those who suffered in the ghettos and camps, would never be able to forget how innocent suffered. Consequently, he emphasized that “no one” has the right to advocate for the dead.
What Would I do? There are many definitions of forgiveness. The dictionary defines forgiveness as “The disposition or willingness to forgive.” I agree with that, but I believe that forgiveness also lies in the hands of the victim and varies based on the crime. The book The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal is about a Jew in a concentration camp in the height of World War II in Germany. One day when he is working in a hospital, Simon is asked to forgive a dying Nazi soldier, Karl.
The holocaust was not just a movement to mass execute the Jewish race; there were reasons behind this tragic event. Hitler, the Nazi leader, believed that Germans were “racially superior” and the Jews were “inferior”, therefore they should be eliminated. Does this not happen today? Stereotypes, racism, prejudice and discrimination keep us from evolving and living at peace with each other. We see discrimination and racism happen everyday in our lives.
Elie Wiesel’s somber speech, “The Perils of Indifference”, demonstrated the harsh reality of the numerous evils harvesting in the world. The main evil though was simply indifference, or a lack of concern. As a young Jewish boy, he faced the wickedness of the Holocaust, imprisoned at Buchenwald and Auschwitz and also losing both his parents and younger sister. The speaker saw atrocious horrors and suffered for a prolonged amount of time. Why was this permitted?
Elie reiterates his family 's experience as thralls of Nazi Germany, numerous surrounding Jews are dehumanized and it is quickly understood by the captives that it is every man for themselves, this results in altercations strewn around the camps for essentials like food or water. The prisoners ' emotions exponentially become more fragmented, and actions are assessed by wants, not morals.
I think that is very true, the counties who sat by and watched the holocaust happen are just as bad as the Nazis. Wiesel is right; when you are silent all you are doing is helping the enemy. I see this happening in our world today when someone is being
World War II affected Wiesel immensely, where he thought that surrendering his life is the only option left since he was tired from all the hardships that the Nazis inflicted on the him and the Jews. By chapter 7, Wiesel said, “My mind was invaded suddenly by this realization-- there was no more reason to live, no more reason to struggle”. The audience can feel Wiesel is in pain. It’s easy to feel the that pain in his tone. Wiesel’s tone gives the audience and emotional
(Add more stuff). After Germany’s loss in World War I, Adolf Hitler was appointed the chancellor of Germany. He blamed all the world’s problems on the Jews, and explained how they needed to be exterminated in his speech about International Jewry. During his speech, the crowd loved what he had to say, and they too believed that Jews were a menace to society. Hitler was able to persuade them that killing them would do the world a favor, which established an ethnic tension (Doc I).
This is explicitly displayed in 93-94, where those noted down by the Germans depart from the others and resign themselves to possible death. There is even a name for those starved; exhausted; and accepting of the death that will come to them as they resign to it. The “muselmen” are known in a derogatory manner as those who solemnly embrace death. These parts of the passage paint a picture of a desperate, sorrowful people that wish to survive, but come to the realization that death may be the answer to release. Even the block leaders are frustrated and pitiful.