Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is a post-apocalyptic novel telling the story of a father and his son walking through burned America. An unspecified catastrophe wiped out not only most of the human population, but almost all life on earth. The novel revolves around the question what is necessary to survive and serves as an uncanny meditation on the worst and best of humanity. The setting takes places in a world of ultimate destruction and, according to the main characters, a binary division of good and bad people. McCarthy represents the cannibals as bad people through the application of creating terror, climaxed by moments of horror throughout the novel.
Moreover, the Red Guard had little to no mercy, incredibly relentless in their killing, and created labor camps where hundreds of thousands of innocent middle class citizens died (Novikova). The Bolsheviks
There was a stampede. Dozens of starving men fought desperately over a few crumbs. The worker watched the spectacle with great interest.” (Wiesel pg 100) Humans eventually realized how destructive we can become. The millions of people who died, died not having their basic civil rights. The Germans made sure to strip the Jews of their entire identity to embarrass them, then kill them.
The Holocaust was the mass murder of Jews, Gypsies, and the mentally or physically disabled (Introduction). The word Holocaust means burning of animals as a human sacrifice (Steele 6). In the process of the Holocaust, more than 35 million people died (Strahinich 76). The Holocaust took place mostly in Europe and Poland, where the Jewish population was three million plus (Introduction). Prime locations for the camps were on good working railroads with ghettos nearby (Strahinich 39).
During the Holocaust, there were many different types of cruel Concentration Camps where various activities took place and killed many innocent people. Some people say that the Concentration Camps were good, some say it was the cruelest most horrifying thing that has happened in all of human history. So were the Concentration Camps good or bad? What could be good about locking up inocent people and killing them? Concentration Camps are places were Nazi’s held the unwanted in their “perfect” world.
One of the largest death camps in Germany, Auschwitz, was a result of the Wannsee Conference. This camp was known for the gas chambers that killed 6 thousand Jews a day (The Holocaust Notes, pg 4&7). After waiting in line to be evaluated by “doctors,” Jews were separated in different groups, most of which were sent to the “showers” that were actually gas chambers and got carbon monoxide poisoning. The others who weren't killed immediately worked at the camp and either starved to death or were later purged. By the end of World War 2, about 6 million Jews were murdered in concentration camps (Textbook, pg 503-504).
This quote shows the inhumane treatment of the people sentenced to the concentration camps during World War II where six million Jews die in various ways. Wisel uses irony at the end of the book after the camps and torture to show that he had endured so much only to almost die of food poisoning The callous indifference shown throughout the memoir creates the necessity of every man for himself. “Soon, nearly everywhere, pieces of bread were being dropped into the wagons. The audience stared at these skeletons of men, fighting one another to the death for a mouthful.” (106). Withered skeletons, fighting for a measly bite of bread in the coldest of temperatures; confined to the small cattle car that has nothing more than open slats on the side.
The Holocaust Research Project The Holocaust was the world’s largest known genocide with over 11 million victims. (Bachrach 10) The first kidnapping spree of Jews started in Germany on January 30, 1933, which later spread to Austria, Poland, and eventually Czechoslovakia. (Altman 5) People in Germany were not very aware of what was happening until November 9, 1938, when over 30,000 Jews were killed and 190 synagogues were burned to the ground. (USHMM “Holocaust Overview”) Kristallnacht, or the night of broken glass, was an eye opener for how extreme the Nazi armies were. Many Jews were captured, Germans were beaten, and glass from hundreds of shops and buildings littered the ground.
Hitler devised a long systematic plan that went on to wipe out 6 million European Jews, two-thirds of the Jewish population (Strahinich 7). Nations across the world saw this evil and banded together to fight against Germany and their Nazi party, with the goal to liberate the Holocaust prisoners and bring an end to Hitler’s cruel ways (Byers Overview 101). The Holocaust is a time in history when millions of people were persecuted in Europe by being sent to live in ghettos and eventually being deported to concentration camps where they were systematically annihilated until the Allied forces liberated the remaining survivors. Jews were not treated the same as other German citizins by the Nazi party. This act of hatred or maybe even racism was called Anti-Semitism.
When people hear the word “Holocaust” they instantly think about how cruel and horrible this time was for the Jewish people. The Holocaust was a time where many of people suffered, were terrified, and had to live in disgusting conditions. The jewish people were put into concentration camps where they were forced to work and in the end most of them died, but if they were lucky were able to escape or lived long enough to be freed. In the very beginning, Adolf Hitler’s Nazis separated these people from their families to be placed into different concentration camps which is upsetting to think about. The biggest concentration camp where most of the Jews went and were killed was Auschwitz.