Survivor 's Guilt Imagine surviving the Holocaust while millions of other people have perished. Dying people from left to right. You honestly wanted to help them, however you could not. Would you feel the guilt that you were alive while the person next to you did not? Even if you had the chance, would you even have saved them?
Since elementary school, teachers have planned lesions to teach their students about the Holocaust in an age appropriate way. Stories from the Holocaust have been documented and told over and over again so people are aware of the horrific events. The Holocaust and other stories about Genocides will never be forgotten and will be continued being told to young students to raise awareness. From learning about these events in school, these stories can be honored, warnings are brought to student’s attention, and now students can take part in preventing these horrible acts.
The topic of the holocaust is what I am interested in for my research assignment. More specifically, I want to focus on the social aspect and the life of those inside the concentration camps. I want to learn about how life changed throughout the peoples time there rather than how they got there exactly. A tentative question I wish to answer would be along the lines of: “how did the survivors of the holocaust, whom lived in the concentration camps, actually survive?” I believe most people, including myself, have a general understanding that life in a concentration camp was horrible, so there must have been something that gave some people the will, hope, or luck to survive and I hope to find out what it was.
Unspoken Victims of The Holocaust Of the countless victims of Adolf Hitler’s brutal genocide none were persecuted more than the Jews, however, among the large death toll many others were mercilessly punished for their race, beliefs, or occupation. A major target for Hitler’s “Final Solution” was the mentally and physically disabled. In their article on the mentally and physically handicapped the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum wrote “The Law for the Prevention of Progeny with Hereditary Diseases, proclaimed July 14, 1933, forced the sterilization of all persons who suffered from diseases considered hereditary, such as mental illness (schizophrenia and manic depression), retardation (congenital feeble-mindedness), physical deformity,
Study of the Holocaust has helped many people confront their own prejudices. This is the first step in combating discrimination,” (Tarnar Wacks 14). Whether you agree or not you can’t argue with the past. What has happened has happened and all we can do is learn from our mistakes and strive to prevent
These survivors who experienced this event, have been scarred for the rest of their life. We can listen to their stories but we can’t imagine and experienced what they have gone through. For example, Szymon Binke, Hilma Geffen, and Baker Ella, were the survivors of the Holocaust. Szymon Binke was born in 1931 in Poland, his family moved to the city after the Nazi’s invasion. Nazis deported his family to Auschwitz where his mother and sister were gassed, while, Szymon was placed in Kinder block but after sometime he ran away to meet his family in Auschwitz.
More than 40 years ago elie wiesel,Holocaust survivor courageously wrote his memories of surviving the holocaust,survival was mentally emotionally and physically challenging. (“Then i was aware of nothing but the strokes of the whip. one ...two…,he counted,...twenty four... twenty five!”wiesel 42)
In the concentration camps, many people got separated from their families and that torn them apart. For example, in the book “Night” the main character, Elie, was in the train that was on its way to Auschwitz. During the train ride there a lady, Mrs. Schachter, who lost all her family but one of her sons, went crazy and started screaming out that she saw a fire over and over again. Consequently, the people on the train got fed up with her and they gagged her and beat her unconscious. Effectively, the fire Mrs. Schachter saw would create one of the most gargantuan problems and fear of their camp life.
Did you know that Pavel Friedman, the author of the book The Butterfly wrote “A total of around 15,000 children under the age of fifteen passed through [the concentration camp] Terezin. Of these, around 100 came back”. This is a completely, absolutely horrid statistic, and yet it is true. Speculate about being a child back in Nazi Germany. Not all of these kids were Jews.
They ran. On January 30, 1933 the Jews started fleeing, hiding, and hoping that no one would find families concealed in secret annexes. The Holocaust is one of the most dreary times on this planet. Back then, technology was not as good as it is now. All people had was a paper and pen, with that paper and pen these people wrote whatever they wanted privately. Everything people would write stays written forever. It turns into literature so that people in the future, us, could read about today. People wrote their feelings together with their points of views on life around them. All of this writing is facts that the Holocaust happened as well as these people’s true feelings. Literature can help us remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust by seeing the different points of view, reading the evidence, and studying the forever recorded history.
Of all the terrible events in history, the Holocaust may be the worst of them all. This tragedy was so terrible, I cannot think of the ones who instigated it as human beings. It was against many morals and standards that the world views today as common ethics. The most terrible part of this is, perhaps, how today’s new and younger generations are not sufficiently educated about this disaster. Although many younger generations do not know about the Holocaust, it’s importance should be emphasised in today’s society to learn from it, to realize that every human life is important, and to appreciate the blessings of the present day.
Many actions played out during the Holocaust and World War II were not humane, and still remind us like a scream behind closed doors: hidden but still heard. While hearing the horrid stories and seeing the ghoulish photos of times not to be forgotten, we see the tragedy that is the mistreatment of human lives. Our identities are lost little by little, but those victims had theirs ripped from their bodies. After losing everything and then becoming a nearly empty vessel, it is amazing that we attempt to comprehend the cruelty of the Holocaust. The loss of identity and self might have started with Adolf Hitler’s reign, for the Holocaust legacies, but we are all losing bits of ourselves constantly.