Comparison Of Resistance During The Holocaust And Violins Of Hope

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While the Nazis were inflicting their reign of terror and cruelty upon people all throughout Europe, the Jewish people had to decide whether or not to resist violently. When fighting back, active fighters use violence to oppose Nazi oppression, while passive resisters use nonviolent methods to follow human morals. In “Resistance During the Holocaust” and “Violins of Hope”, it explains the different forms of passive resistance and how they were used to survive the war. Passive resistance was the best way to respond to conflict because it gives hope, dignity, and preserved the Jews’ story. Human dignity can be maintained by passively responding to conflict. For instance, in the article, “Resistance during the Holocaust”, it shows that…show more content…
In “Violins of Hope”, an article on violins played in Nazi concentration camps, it explains the impact of preserving the lives and story of the Jews who were killed during World War Two. The Nazis’ ultimate goal was to have the Jews, and everything connected to them, destroyed: “The Violins of Hope are… like tombstones, he says, for the thousands of Jewish instruments and musicians destroyed in the war ”(paragraph 19). With the instruments still existing, and with the stories of the former Jewish musicians being told, it is a tremendous victory for the Jews that their culture is preserved. Others may argue that even with the violins being preserved, the Jewish musicians died anyway. Even if they didn’t make it, their story did. The violins of hope are a symbol of survival in a way because they carry on their previous owner’s life and history. Similar to the Jews, Malala, a passive resister against Taliban, wanted her story to be heard. Malala supports young girl’s education in Pakistan, and she wanted her message and her story to be heard, so others would oppose the Taliban. The Jews could resist the Nazis by preserving their story while nonviolently defying
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