Remember The Holocaust

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Worth Remembering People may know of the Holocaust, but not many know the specifics of this horrifying history. They know who was involved, how they were effected, and who was eventually killed. It’s time to show these victims respect, and learn their story. Studying the Holocaust is more than remembering the random facts; it’s learning from the atrocities and never repeating them again. Many people may ask why the Nazis committed this horrible crime against humanity, but to them the Jews were nothing more than a group of animals. “They believed that the Jews were not just the followers of an abhorrent religious doctrine, or that the Jews had grabbed too much economic influence, or even that they were too intrusive in politics or culture:…show more content…
These consisted of: Jews, Gypsies, Poles, Slavs, Political Dissidents, People with mental disabilities, Jehovah 's Witnesses, Homosexuals, and any government personnel that went against the Hitler and his Nazis. Now it was tragic what happened to all these people, but for the subject’s sake this essay is only going to focus on the Jews. The Germans started off the persecution by boycotting the Jewish business. It slowly grew more serious as they began to ban Jews from public places (A Teacher’s Guide). As the Nazis progressed in the war, Hitler decide that the best option would be to kill off the Jewish population as a whole. Killing squads then came into the picture. After Hitler realized that killing squads weren’t the most efficient way to kill, he moved toward the idea of concentration/death camps (A Teacher’s Guide). Throughout the progression of the plan, they were able to kill off a total of about 6 million Jews…show more content…
People need to study these sad stories so that they learn from the mistakes of others. To many the study of the Holocaust is too dark or dreary, but what many don’t realize is that when you study it, it benefits you in a way. It causes you to gain a better understanding of the good and bad in the world. “The complex issues that accompany a study of the Holocaust encourage students to think critically about important issues and values not only within the historical context of the Holocaust, but also in contemporary society” (Why Study). Besides the personal gain, you are looking into the life of someone just like you. You are learning about their likes, their dislike, their beliefs, their wants, and you begin to realize that they were just a normal human being. “I should like someone to remember that there once lived a person named David Berger.” (Why Study). Humans have a responsibility to continue studying history. “We must continue to ask questions about the past, even when doing so—especially when doing so—challenges our understanding of how something unfolded” (Rubenstein). People need to show respect to those effected, and they need to ask questions so that their stories are never
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