The imminent threat of death is present but the idea of a fruitless future becomes an unbearable possibility. Moral courage allows for the display of strength through selfless actions against injustice. During the Holocaust many injustices were made against the Jewish community. Personal diaries account for the hardships of those persecuted in Hitler's final solution. As bad as Hitler’s attempts to restore Germany's power were, they managed to bring out the best of some people.
Are you just going to live the rest of your life in misery doing what the Nazi’s tell you to do? Throughout Nazi rule prisoners had to obey the soldiers in concentration camps. But that doesn’t mean you can’t step out of line and show defiance. In the article “Resistance during the Holocaust”, it talks about the resistance in the Extermination Camps and how “a small number of prisoners managed to escape during the struggle” (14). In camps you can rebel in many ways such as not doing what you’re told, staying clean and healthy, or just simply surviving or escaping.
Even locked in a concentration camp, they still believed. They still believed that maybe one day they would be set free. The compassion that everyone radiated became the base, and the anchor of their hope. So even in the midst of hardship, compassion gave them a purpose to hope. This historical event changed, and still continues to change lives everyday.
Although it seemed nearly impossible for many Jews to resist the Nazis due to the limited access to weapons, it would be a grave mistake to believe that all Jews went to their death like sheep to slaughter. The term resistance, when related to the Jews and the Holocaust meant not only the active resistance against the Nazis, but also the cultural and spiritual resistance that the Jews had. There were many Jews that rebelled and resisted against the SS officers of the camp, but some Jews could only commit acts of cultural and spiritual resistance to oppose Nazi tyranny. The Active/Armed Resistance, Cultural and Spiritual Resistance, and Partisans allowed the Jews to practice a form of resistance and inspired Jewish hope. Without these significant factors, it would be impossible for the Jews to oppose the Nazis, accelerating the mass murder and genocide.
It is clear, Kapo Tadeusz absolves himself from the murderous functions of the Nazis in order to stay alive, both by his dissociation from the atrocities and his exploitation of the system. While many “kapos” or prisoner-leaders were indicted by the allies for the role in enabling the crimes committed at concentration camps, Borowski demonstrates early in his writing that the profound difference between him and those who did commit the crimes. He puts it quite plainly in “A Day At Harmenz” telling a prisoner under his command, “There won’t be any selection. Understand?” (Borowski 58). While other Kapos subjugate their prisoners to verbal abuse and beating, Borowski acts in a way that is almost impartial, showing no hostility toward his prisoners, but doing what he is charged to do in order to survive.
This moment demonstrates that in the camp survival comes before anything else, even one’s family. The image of the pipel is key to the father-son relationships in the book, as it shows a fate Elie is desperately trying to evade. The pipel show the worst side of the camps, which not only kill the Jews, but also turn them against each other. The traditional family ideals are turned around - instead of helping their elders, the youth use them as slaves. "
“ I must accentuate that I personally don’t have anything personally against them. It’s true that I view the Jews as enemies of Germany.” If you don’t have anything against the victims of the Holocaust, especially the Jews then why even bother hurting them in the first place. The Jews didn’t do anything to you. You don’t have the right to hurt them anyways. Although anti-semitism plays a huge role in this, you don’t really have any reason other than hate to hurt the Jews.
Where the Jews had lived and how they had lived were a big part of the Holocaust. The Holocaust was an important time in history to learn about because issues like what happened then still happen just not as torturous. It helps to understand what happens in different countries just because of your religion. Many people today get killed for having a different religion. At the end of the book Night by Elie Wiesel shows that even though you can be put through the worst time in your life, you don’t only have to think about
By being unwilling to stand up for their rights, or for the rights of others, the people of Sighet gave the Germans free reign, and set a precedent that they would simply take whatever the Germans did to them, rather than fighting back. And so it was that as the Jewish community was stripped of their rights more and more each day, forced into ghettos and having to give up their material possessions, still they did not rebel against the oppressive Germans. Finally, like the foreign Jews before them, the Jews were expelled from the town of Sighet and were taken to concentration camps or put to death. Through this, it is seen that the attitude of the Jews of Sighet is much the same as the attitude of an animal burying its head in the sand to hide itself from danger, and it is this attitude that led to the destruction of everything that they hold
Suffering does not always change the morals of a person, “Literature depicting suffering also inspires hope and confidence in the resilience of the human spirit” (Cerullo, paragraph 7). Rabbi was one in Night who kept a strong faith throughout all of his suffering, and while his body was getting weaker, his faith remained strong. His faith was one thing that kept him pushing to survive in the harsh conditions of the concentration camps. Wiesel observed that “strangely, his words never provoked anyone. They did bring peace” (Wiesel 90).
Jews shouldn’t stop wearing kippas, because like any religion, the belief of the Jews deserve to be respected and unharmed. In paragraph one of the article it states, “They don 't know whether to wear a skullcap that proclaims their religion or tuck it away in hopes of staying safe”. This quote makes the reader imagine that Jews are basically in a prison, having few or no ways to do anything about a situation. This is completely unfair and wrong because in many places in the world, humans don’t need to be worrying about their lives being in grave danger for believing in Christianity, Buddhism, etc.. “The kippa, traditionally worn by men, is meant to remind the wearer of God 's presence over him”. Jews wearing kippas shouldn’t be looked down
In numerous ways, the resistors rebuffed the Germans’ desires by both physical and mental means. In A Summons to Resistance in the Vilna Ghetto, the author lists ways of resistance including working slowly, refusing deportation and denouncing bootlickers at work. More importantly, this proclamation asked the Jewish people to “show solidarity” (Dawidowicz, 336). This perhaps was the most crucial because it asked resistors to remain united in times of need and under the threat of death. Consequently, the Jews demonstrate unanimity and strength of mind in an oppressive