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.
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.
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
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.
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’
To start off, Americans weren’t affected by the Japanese Internment Camps as much as Germans, and those in surrounding countries, were by the Nazi Concentration Camps. As said in the American Propaganda Video, Japanese-Americans were, “...potentially dangerous…” and that the relocation of them was, “...with real consideration for the people involved.” Most Americans didn’t know the truth about the Japanese Internment Camps so they were, if anything, comfortable with the decision. However, this wasn’t the case with the Nazi Concentration Camps. Germans who didn’t remain loyal to Hitler were sent to a Concentration Camp, leaving thousands of Germans living in fear.
Nikitchenko 's action to oversee such crimes was very wrong. Now, in 1945 he was serving as a judge to condemn German Nazis for their wrongdoings even though he had witnessed and approved of the killing and torture of innocent citizens. This just contradicts the Nuremberg trial 's mission. The Nuremberg trials were meant to punish Germans and all those who had committed reprehensible acts during the war, but the Allies were not convicted for their crimes (Davenport 141). Because those charges against the Nazis were made following the crimes, it is suspicious that none of the crimes committed by the Allied powers were brought forward.
Not only were German resisting but people in other countries, like Poland, were resisting as well. Polish citizens were willing to risk their lives to help the Jewish people during the Holocaust. “Besides the obvious difficulties of hiding someone under the crowded conditions of the occupation and the constant surveillance of German soldiers and police, there was an automatic death penalty imposed on Polish Christians and their families if they were caught helping Jews” (Zegota Paragraph 18). Think about how hard it would be to hide your boyfriend in your room, if your mom kept coming in to make sure you weren 't doing anything suspicious? That 's how the Polish felt, but on a much larger, more terrifying
The Heros of the Holocaust: The Righteous Among Nations Although the German race as a whole is often blamed for the Holocaust, some Jewish citizens may have not been able to survive without their non-Jewish neighbors. Non-Jewish persons who strongly benefited the life of someone being persecuted during the Holocaust, are know as and rewarded the title, “Righteous Among Nations”. To be awarded this honor, one must have actively aided a Jewish person during the Holocaust, purely out of compassion rather than any means of personal gain. Those declared Righteous Among Nations in many cases put the lives of Jews before their own.
The Holocaust dates back in 1933 to 1945 and is notoriously known for its mass killing and persecution of six million Jews. Jews were considered as an inferior race to the racially superior Germans, as Jews were blamed for Germany’s problems of war debt. This racial discrimination further resulted in the horrendous genocide of Jewish citizens. While this killing and capturing of Jews seemed nearly impossible to avoid, audacious individuals that were not Jewish risked their lives to help rescue seized Jews, despite the severe punishments of doing so. These heroic men and women are referred to as righteous gentiles.