Summary Of The Perils Of Indifference

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American Jewish writer, and political activist Elie Wiesel, in his sympathetic speech “The Perils of Indifference” to send a strong message to the audience. As a survivor of the Holocaust, he supports his claim through his speech explaining the dangers of indifference from first hand experience. Specifically in his speech he refers to himself, “A young Jewish boy [..] woke up in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald”(par 1).. In addition, Wiesel use of rhetorical questions is for the audience to question or to think about indifference. Wiesel’s purpose is to warn people about indifference in order to “save” our future. He establishes a serious tone for readers by using stylistic and rhetorical devices such as imagery, repetition and …show more content…

For example, during World War I, the Turkish nationalist government oversaw the deportation and killing of an estimated 1.1 to 1.8 million “to put an end to the Armenian question. The means for this are quite simple and consist of the extermination of the Armenian nation” (“Past Genocide”). Armenians in Eastern Turkey. April 24, 1915 was the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians were deported from cities and towns in Asia Minor and Turkish Armenia. Hundreds of Armenian religious, political, and intellectual leaders were gathered up, exiled, and even murdered in areas of Anatolia. Within the next few months, Armenians serving in the Ottoman army were disarmed and placed in forced labor battalions where they were either starved or …show more content…

Their names were Hans and Sophie Scholl. They were part of a group called “The White Rose.” They wanted to help but not using violence as “the group had no wish to throw bombs, or to cause any injury to human life” than the Nazis. In fact, they choose to influence others to go against the Nazis ideas and militarism. “We will not be silenced” that was on the first leaflet that they had made as The White Rose. At the end, the Scholl siblings used their voice to go against Hitler and his reign. They were arrested but not tortured instead they were sentenced to death by guillotine the most inhuman way to kill. The siblings are an example of people not being bystander and not being indifference to the Holocaust. They are what Wiesel wants people to do; to not be bystanders and to stand

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