Individuals make choices every day that affect history. During the Holocaust, the mass murder of Jews during Hitler’s reign, ordinary European citizens shaped history by allowing Jews to die. Their decisions were greatly influenced by their understanding of the universe of obligation, which sociologist Helen Fein defines as “The circle of individuals and groups ‘toward whom obligations are owed, to whom rules apply, and whose injuries call for [amends]’ (“We and They” 56). The majority of ordinary citizens chose to neglect Jews in order to protect themselves or their families. However, some brave individuals called upstanders chose to stand up to the Nazi regime by rescuing Jews and other victims of persecution. 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’ …show more content…
In the poem, “The Hangman,” after the hangman executes everyone except the speaker, the hangman says, “The scaffold was raised for none but you. For who has served me more faithfully than you with your coward’s hope?” (Ogden 24-26). The speaker watches all the townspeople die, including his friends, without saying a word. He does not kill anyone, but he is the most faithful follower and does not stop others’ deaths. He could have rallied groups and tried to stop the hangman from killing since the hangman is one man and they are a group. If bystanders became upstanders during Hitler’s reign, Hitler would have never had control of the territory and would have fallen as fast as he came to power. Bystanders care more about their well-being than the well being of others. Risking your life is worth it for the lives of many
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During the Holocaust, a great number of brave individuals wondered whether they should have reacted to the Nazi forces through passive or violent acts of resistance. Any form of resistance was vital for even the slightest possibility of survival for the jews. In “Resistance During the Holocaust”, “The Diary of Anne Frank”, and “Violins of Hope,” it gave real examples of Jewish people who chose to arm themselves and fight the Nazis head on or Jews who opted for passivity in order to hide their loved ones. Nevertheless, the main goal of these methods for resistance was to defy the enemy at hand that was the Nazi party. Therefore, people can best respond to conflict by active resistance in order to avoid late shame and humiliation, escape the
Alexis Barton Mrs. Turner English 2 Honors 4/14/22 [Title]: [Subtitle] Over 6 million Jews tragically died in the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel was fortunate enough to survive it. He suffered greatly and still continued his life as an educator and as an advocate for those involved in the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel gave the speech “The Perils of Indifference,” and used ethos, pathos, and loaded words throughout the speech as strategies to keep the audience actively listening.
During the early through mid 1940s an event called the Holocaust would plague the European nation where a group of called the “Nazis” would imprison six million Jews, 5 million of them being prisoners of War (The National World War Two Museum). One prisoner named Elie Wiesel would recount his experience going through the Holocaust in his book “Night.” In this book he would show a general theme of Under the most horrifying circumstances, human beings will show tremendous strength, courage, and compassion. The first aspect that supports the theme is humans will show tremendous strength under the most horrifying circumstances.
Ibrahim Mohamed Ms. Zipp LA 10 26 May, 2023 The Role of Bystanders Imagine a world where people were being killed because of their religion or beliefs. Elie Wiesls’s novel Night talks about the horrors of the holocaust. In addition, a compelling question is raised: Do bystanders bear any responsibility for what happened during the holocaust? I believe that bystanders bear no responsibility for what happened because it wasn't their fault and it's not like they could have stopped Hitler.
The first hanging, the Warsaw native who had been in the camp for three years, was fully grown and filled with defiance towards his German captors. He showed no fear of his executors, refused to be blindfolded and before his death, shouted out his denunciation of the action being taken. On page 62 of Night by Elie Wiesel it states “The hangman...was about to signal his aides to pull the chair from under the young man's feet when the latter shouted, in a strong and calm voice: "Long live liberty! My curse on Germany! My curse!
Elie Wiesel once stated “for the dead and the living, we must bear witness”. Remembrance of historical events is vitally important for the collective narrative. If horrific events such as the Holocaust are allowed to be forgotten, then we have forgotten the significance of the event and debased the people who died. In order to keep the event in the collective narrative, as a way of creating a universal understanding of the tragedy not only for the sake of those directly involved, but also as a warning to future generations, we must as Wiesel states “bear witness”.
Many Germans, during WWII had started to take on the ideology of Hitler – that Jewish citizens in Germany were the cause of their poverty and misfortune. Of course, many knew that this was merely a form of scapegoating, and although they disagreed with the majority of Germany’s citizens, many would not speak up for fear of isolation (Boone,
Many lives were lost during the German’s attempt to wipe out all Jews, and those who lived lost a part of their life during this time. The young boys lost their childhood and ‘innocences’. They witness more death and suffering than anywhere in the country. Today, there is still death and violence against others.
The Holocaust is a shining example of Anti-Semitism at its best and it was no secret that the Nazis tried to wipe out the Jews from Europe but the question is why did the Nazis persecute the Jews and how did they try to do it. This essay will show how the momentum, from a negative idea about a group of people to a genocide resulting in the murder of 6 million Jews, is carried from the beginning of the 19th Century, with pseudo-scientific racial theories, throught the 20th century in the forms of applied social darwinism and eugenics(the display of the T4 programme), Nazi ideas regarding the Jews and how discrimination increased in the form of the Nuremberg Laws , Kristallnacht, and last but not least, The Final Solution. Spanning throughout the 19th century, racial theories were seen. Pseudo-Scientific theories such as Craniometry,where the size of one’s skull determines one’s characteristics or could justifies one’s race( this theory was used first by Peter Camper and then Samuel Morton), Karl Vogt’s theory of the Negro race being related to apes and of how Caucasian race is a separate species to the Negro race, Arthur de Gobineau’s theory of how miscegenation(mixing or interbreeding of different races) would lead to the fall of civilisation.
A living corpse Do you think the holocaust could happen again? Do you think if people aren 't aware of history that it can repeat self? If people aren 't aware of what happened in the holocaust and how horrific it was, then people wouldn 't know what to do if it happened again and people wouldn 't know how to prevent it from happening again. This memoir points out the worst parts of a personal experience of Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor.
Throughout the second hanging “the SS seemed more preoccupied, more worried than usual. ”(64) While announcing the second hanging, the head of the camp was “pale, almost calm, but he was biting his lip. ”(64) Normally at hangings, the victim would die soon after the chair was removed, but the child was to light so he struggled for thirty minutes.
Introduction: During the Holocaust, many people suffered from the despicable actions of others. These actions were influenced by hatred, intolerance, and anti-semitic views of people. The result of such actions were the deaths of millions during the Holocaust, a devastating genocide aimed to eliminate Jews. In this tragic event, people, both initiators and bystanders, played major roles that allowed the Holocaust to continue. Bystanders during this dreadful disaster did not stand up against the Nazis and their collaborators.
The boy seemed almost calm as the gallows threw a shadow over him. The Lagerkapo denied having the responsibility as executioner and three SS replaced him. “Long live liberty!”(Wiesel 61). cried the adults but the child stood there in
This book explains the perils of indifference by telling us about how much the Jews suffered and the fact that no one felt the need to act upon these abhorrent actions by the Nazis immediately. This marks the point where I will begin talking about Elie Wiesel’s book Night and how it drives
"Do you know why most survivors of the Holocaust are vegan? It's because they know what it's like to be treated like an animal,” as said by Chuck Palahniuk, the man himself. The term Holocaust has been studied by many different sceintists for over 30 years and The holocaust was a very murderous event killing over 11 million people. The man who lead the very murderous event was Adolf Hitler. In some schools, the teachers try not to even bring up the holocaust because they try to forget about it.