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?
The Holocaust is notorious to people for Hitler murdering Jews, but that is not the only reason. If looked into deeper it is realized that Hitler was a mastermind who created chaos and fear in the whole world. It is written in history and will never be forgotten.Because Hitler was anti semitic and had a very high power over the Nazis, together they killed millions of people during the Holocaust. Hitler had been very antisemitic and thought everyone who did not have
Inhumanity and Cruelty in Night Adolf Hitler, the Nazi dictator of Germany, conducted a genocide known as the Holocaust during World War II that was intended to exterminate the Jewish population. The Holocaust was responsible for the death of about 6 million Jews. Night is a nonfiction novel written by Eliezer Wiesel about his experience during the Holocaust. Many events in the novel convey a theme of “man’s inhumanity to man”. The prisoners of the concentration camps are constantly tortured and neglected by the German officers who run the camps.
Humanity, men and women alike, have severely overlooked the enduring power of Judaism as a whole. The Jewish culture portrayed pure tenacity towards the will to survive by their conviction, even we faced the greatest evil known to humanity… the Nazi Regime. January 30, 1933, Germany announced the new chancellor, Adolf Hitler, that ended up changing the course of human history. He wanted to create a superior race and the only way he thought to achieve that goal was to “exterminate” the race he thought was inferior. Unfortunately, the Jewish community got targeted as a race rather than a religion.
Nazis targeted the Jews and killed them brutally. Many people were forced to work under Nazis’ commands. He believed that Germany would win World War II if he could establish dictatorship and finish the Jews. Hitler was very harsh and rude towards his state. He totally eliminated opposition parties and forced people to obey Nazis’ commands.
Clearly, truth was of the highest importance to Böll and he held in his heart great contempt for those who attempted to twist or alter it. From a very young age during World War II, Böll had a “strong opposition to the Nazis. Whenever possible, he avoided participating in the Hitler Youth.” (Michaels) Since then, the Nazis’ terrible oppressive and deceitful nature left a considerable mark on Böll and his outlook on his homeland. He believes Germany must never forget its horrific past, especially the treachery that was preached upon the general public during that time. Böll makes a clear comparison to this in “The Balek Scales.” When the protagonist of the short story reveals to his fellow proletarians that they were exploited by the Baleks, they begin repeatedly reciting, “The justice of this earth, O Lord, hath put Thee to death,”(Böll).
Jehovah Witnesses were well known in Nazi Germany for not straying from the words of Jehovah. This was very threatening to Hitler, as they refused to sign documents of loyalty to the Third Reich. This caused them to be treated like ‘dangerous’ traitors to Hitler and be sent to camps. People of Polish Descent Other than Jewish people, Hitler was especially against Poles, infamously saying to kill "without pity or mercy, all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the lebensraum [perfect living space] we need," to his army.
Germany needed a scapegoat for all the struggles they were facing and Hitler used stereotypes to give the German people a scapegoat. Ignorance clouded the judgment of the German people. Ultimately the Jews would pay the price while the world was oblivious of the crimes against humanity which the Nazis committed. Elie Wiesel is stuck in dark times for people of his ethnicity. Nazis felt that the Jewish people were inferior.
The Holocaust is arguably one of the most disastrous genocides in history. Hitler and his men killed millions of Jews during his reign and it seemed like nothing can stop them. No one dared to speak of the Holocaust and its events that happened. However, there seems to be a secret weapon that can destroy the silence. Voices that speak up about the events are able to paint a picture for the people who had not witnessed the Holocaust for themselves.
During World War 2, the most evident traits of totalitarianism were the Nazi’s military terror that led to the Warsaw ghetto, Hitler’s persecution of the Jews that resulted in death camps like Auschwitz, and Stalin’s control of individuals that caused famine across millions. Hitler and the Nazis used military terror in World War 2 to force Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto, which resulted in starvation and death. Military terror was a tactic used by rulers to gain obedience through violence. Many times leaders have a special police force to protect the government's interests and scare the people into abiding by their rules. In Germany, Hitler used military terror to enforce his leadership with the help from the Nazi party.
“The first concentration camps were made to detain people without trial, usually under harsh conditions.” (www.theholocaustexplained.org) The Nazis did this because they discriminate and hate the Jews. “German authorities established camps to handle the masses of people arrested as alleged subversives.” (www.ushmm.org) Germany blamed the Jews for their loss of World War I. “Concentration camps held two purposes, these purposes were to demoralize and dehumanize the prisoners.” (www.owlspace-ccm.rice.edu) The Nazis tortured them and made them break on the inside. It was sad to be taken to a concentration camp because it meant that it was the end of your life.
Borowski’s disturbing account depicts the atrocities of victims-turned-executioner. Borowski’s This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen increases the horrors of the Holocaust by depicting an endless cycle of suffering caused by the victims, victimizing each another. Within Auschwitz, the differences between the victims and perpetrators were frequently blurred; the biggest difference was merely the way one suffered, as all the prisoners at concentration camps were victims. Some “lucky” victims were at less of a risk than others at the price of helping the Nazis, although for the fear of their own life they did not get much choice in the matter. In Borowski’s story, these prisoners were wealthy and referred to as “Canadians”; the Canadians were
Hitler was being racist to the Germans and mistreated them. Germans police and their people tried to protect the functions. ( http://www.history.com/topics/world-war-ii/battle-of-britain ) The revolution in Germany included Hitler. Germans had poor intelligence, poland found out the solution. The Auschwitz had many ways to attack.
The Nazis saw themselves as superior and felt as though other races or ethnicities did not deserve to coexist. In Adolf Hitler’s last will and political testament, which was dictated in a bunker in German territory, he blamed the war on “International Jewry and its helpers.” He strongly pleaded with the German people to “follow the strict observance of the racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples.” Hitler was obviously disturbed and the next day, he committed suicide (“The Holocaust”). The two genocidal events convey the thought of racial dominance and viewing the victims as less human than that of the hostile party. In Rwanda, the Hutus were responsible for committing the majority of the atrocities as they killed thousands and systematically raped women and young girls (O’Donnell 3). To Adolf Hitler, the Jewish people were an inferior race, “an alien threat to German racial purity and community”(“The Holocaust”).