It is extremely important to prosecute the criminals as a way of remembering the Holocaust victims and knowing what they went through. “Everywhere in the world, there is an obscene attempt by people who call themselves historians who dare to deny the deaths of the victims. Who dares to tell me my parents were not killed in the camps” (Wiesel 6). This shows that many people disbelieve in the Holocaust; therefore they are forgetting the horrendous things done to the victims. It is very important to remember the tragedy that the Holocaust caused in order for it to not happen again.
We all know that Jewish people were the main targets in the Holocaust, but not many people know that other groups and races. Some groups that were killed are but not limited to: disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, Roma Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Polish People and people of African descent. While Jewish people should be recognized for their struggles, so should every other group. Disabled People Hitler didn’t want to have any disabled people in Nazi Germany. He thought that they were too much work and overall useless to society.
There were many who collaborated and murdered Jews, yet there were even more who kept silent and did nothing to stop this from happening. There were Nazis at the time who laughed at their victims, saying: If you try to tell people about this afterwards, no one will believe you! (Today, if you look on the internet, you will encounter hundreds of evil sites dedicated to anti-Semitism and denying that the Holocaust, a historical fact, took place.) So, the role of witnesses like Elie Wiesel is to fight the amoral indifference in this world, to remind us that he saw how the "cultured" Europeans degraded and murdered so many innocent individual human beings. He saw how others stood by and did nothing to combat the suffering of those who were persecuted.
Many people do not think of the Holocaust as 12 appalling years full of unforgettable tragedies. The Holocaust is not normally spoken about every day, but the amount of pain and terror during those eventful years should not be abandoned. The Jews were always referred to as animals and not as human beings. Germans used many forms of dehumanization and neglect. If it was not labor and abuse the other alternative was the crematorium.
If they had no explosives with them, some soldiers would simply charge straight into enemy lines with their bayonets once their grenades and ammunition ran out. The brutality of the Japanese army towards non-Japanese civilians had its roots in the Japanese nation’s high sense of nationalism and belief of the superiority of their race. Foreign people were seen as less honorable; thus the Japanese government neglected to establish regulations on the proper treatment of foreign civilians during war. This in turn gave Japanese soldiers freedom to treat citizens of Japanese-conquered nations however the saw fit, leading to brutality, disrespect towards human rights, and
However, some may say that writing and keeping records may have never seen the light of day. If we didn’t have written records then it would make it harder for them to believe and understand what these people had to go through. Hitler's ultimate goal was to get rid of all jews, as you can see he didn't reach his goal.And a big part of that is because of passively active
Many consider bystanders to be as guilty as perpetrators for not doing or saying anything in a time of crisis. Such was the case for the Holocaust. Bystanders during the Holocaust consisted of the civilians and countries who chose to distance themselves from what was really happening, instead choosing to justify the situation, or just not think of it. Many people rationalized, that the idea of self preservation was much more important than sacrificing oneself for the greater good. People also held a sense of indifference towards the suffering of the Jewish people.
Resistance in the Holocaust It was difficult to resist oppression during the Holocaust, but some people did, both actively and passively. Active resistance is physically arming yourself to fight for something you believe in. However, many opted for passivity to fight Nazi ineffable cruelty and injustice more discreetly. In “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “Violins of Hope”, and “Resistance during the Holocaust” we read about various acts of passive resistance. People can best respond to conflict by passively resisting because such acts maintain human dignity, preserve cultures, and give the best chance at survival.
It too is a misfortune that you were never prosecuted for your heinous crimes against humanity; moreover, the records of your human experimentation were destroyed some 50 years ago (Baron). I hope this letter inflicts emotional pain on your past actions as you now have a perspective of a Jew. We are humans, not some inferior race that should be irradiated. Your other targets such as the Gypsies and even the mentally and/or physically disabled individuals are as human as you. Your role in the killing of thousands of innocent people not only brought physical and psychological pain to those individuals, but this pain has only perpetuated discrimination and turmoil throughout the world.
However, some brave individuals called upstanders chose to stand up to the Nazi regime by rescuing Jews and other victims of persecution. Numerous bystanders claimed to have no other options when faced with a moral dilemma, and in doing so, they gave the perpetrators permission to hurt others. Bystanders enable perpetrators to commit atrocities; therefore, they are just as guilty of the crimes that the Nazis committed during the Holocaust. Bystanders do not know how to stop following the perpetrators’