The Nuremberg laws banned Jews from having any contact with Germans. Also, the laws banned Jewish people from attending public places. The jews starved daily and were forced to work like slaves. The Nazis partied in front of the jews and taunted them on the regular. Some camps were just full of hatred for example 1 million people died at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp 90% of those were jews.
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.
Jehovah Witnesses were well known in Nazi Germany for not straying from the words of Jehovah. This was very threatening to Hitler, as they refused to sign documents of loyalty to the Third Reich. This caused them to be treated like ‘dangerous’ traitors to Hitler and be sent to camps. People of Polish Descent Other than Jewish people, Hitler was especially against Poles, infamously saying to kill "without pity or mercy, all men, women, and children of Polish descent or language. Only in this way can we obtain the lebensraum [perfect living space] we need," to his army.
According to Elie Wiesel's speech called, "The Perils of Indifference", he explains, "it has been suggested, and it was documented, that the Wehrmacht could not have conducted its invasion of France without oil obtained from American sources." Since America's corporations continued doing business with Germany because they didn't care, it caused many people from France being killed or separated from their families. Also, according to Elie Wiesel's speech called, "The Perils of Indifference", he states, "wrapped in their torn blankets, they would sit or lie on the ground, staring vacantly into space, unaware of who or where they were, strangers of their surroundings." Since many other countries didn't care about what was going on in Germany, many Jews who they called Muselmanner died. The Muselmanner died from things that they couldn't fix, but other people could.
He writes, "this is the century that in has known two world wars, the totalitarianisms of right and left, Hitlerism and Stalism, Hiroshima, the Gulag, and the genocides of Auschwitz and Cambodia" (377). Without knowing anything about these evil times, it is evident that evil was present throughout the whole century, and such evilness cannot be justified. Levinas becomes more specific and talks about the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were murdered for no reason. As explained by Emil Fackenheim, a Jewish philosopher, the Holocaust is the perfect event to explain that suffering cannot be justified, because unlike any other genocide, the Jews were killed only for the sake of being killed. In other genocides, repressions, and evil events, people were killed for a reason.
Forgive, not because they deserve forgives, but because you deserve peace. It’s not easy to stop blaming someone’s fault, especially for someone who do wrong to us. In the book The Sunflower written by Simon Wiesenthal, a survivor of the Holocaust during World War II, he described his conflict with Karl, a dying Nazi soldier who killed many innocent Jews and begging for forgiveness for his outrageous crime at the end of his life. At the end of this sad and tragic episode, Simon did not response to Karl’s request directly; instead he left us a tough question: “What should you have done?” Based on what Karl had done during World War II and his repentance, each person might have their own point of view about where should we draw the line of forgiveness.
Simon a jew prisoner was begged for forgivenes by a SS soldier. Karl the SS soldier begged Simon for forgiveness as he killed a lot of jews. Simon decided that walking away was the right thing to do and I agree. I would have done the same as Simon due to the fact that mass murder can not be forgiven. Was that the correct way
The Nazis should not be solely responsible for the Holocaust because the Germans are also involved in playing a role with the massacres of Jews. The Germans bear the sole responsibility for the Holocaust because of their motivation to contribute in a significant role, their feeling of supremacy over minority groups, and their lack of resistance against the Nazi government. First of all, the Germans exhibited a deliberate will to contribute to the massacres of Jews in the Holocaust. Starting from October 1940, German soldiers were forcing 3 million Jews into concentrated ghettos in Poland, resulting in Jews being easily forced into extermination camps from the SS (Taylor, para. 3).
The poem is about the regret Fischl is feeling for the little Polish boy and the millions of people who lost their lives. Fischl wishes he was the one to suffer that pain and feels that he could have done something to stop it. Fischl uses parallelism in his poem he states, "and the world who said nothing" he repeats this line repeatedly to show how there were millions of people getting killed, no one stood up to help not even himself that is why he feels regret and wishes he could have done something. One of the important lines that made me like this poem was, "The world watch and did nothing" by this we know that millions of people like the little polish boy, who are getting targeted with war machine guns and no one standing up or they pretend nothing is there but, there is a lot. The world was blind and not noticing or acting on what is occurring in the world.
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