In the 1940’s, Jewish people were captured and thrown into concentration camps against their will. Jews spent years completing hard labor and saw things that will never escape their memories. People were gassed, tortured, and some were even thrown into fires alive. During the war in Germany, over 6 million Jews were murdered by Nazi’s due to their religion. Discrimination has been a huge problem for hundreds of years and it continues to spread each and every day.
Rhetoric is defined as the art of persuasion using oral or written communications (Rapp). There are many theories and ideas which an orator or writer can use as tools to achieve their goal of persuading an audience. The audience is defined in rhetoric as “the listeners or spectators at a speech or performance, or the intended readership for a piece of writing or an assembled and pointed group of listeners that receive the message of the rhetor and ultimately decide the message’s effectiveness” (Enos). Within the study of rhetoric the focus is on what the speaker or writer does to create the affect and response they want from their audience; in this essay I will describe the audience and their role in the communications throughout
The final ethical theory is Kant’s deontology. Immanuel Kant was a German philosopher who admire the stoics for their dedication to performing their duties and playing their part. He based his theory on duties, obligations, and rights. Its main focus is that everyone has an inherited right. It highlights the importance of respecting a person autonomy.
The Nazi book burning targeted books that did not agree or fit to the ideologies of the Nazi’s, but, neither did the Jews and both were sought to be destroyed. In The Book Thief the books represent the Jewish people and the Nazi’s were really trying to destroy them. “To their left, flames and burning books were cheered like heroes. ”(113) The burning books, just like Jews were cheered on for their demise.
The Nazis were known for doing many things to Jews and others and they had their reasons. Their was many purposes for the things they did. The Nazis tried to defy the laws of human nature. They experiment on the Jews. They also tortured Jews just for the enjoyment.
Resistance to the Holocaust Families were separated at once when they arrived at the concentration camps. For Hitler, exterminating the Jews from German life was needed for the advancement of Germany. In addition, the first major step toward the Holocaust was the creation of ghettos throughout Germany. Resistance was a principal element of the Holocaust because of the uprisings, partisans, and defiance.
After the jewish prisoners were liberated, their lives weren’t going to get back to normal just yet. The Holocaust negatively affected Jewish survivors during World War II because hatred of the Jewish religion had risen, they experienced difficulty resettling, and many were left with debilitating health issues. Nazi propaganda raised hatred toward the Jewish community, which made their lives very difficult following their liberation. With little possibilities of emigration, tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors migrated westward to European countries liberated by Allies. Many people died slowly and painfully after the Holocaust due to disease and starvation.
The second part of the readings discussed the topics of beginnings, the problem of good and evil, sacred stories, the divine law, and gender roles. The section on beginnings according to the Daoist texts was fascinating to me. While the great Western traditions pointed the origins of the cosmos and human existence back to the creative powers of God, the ancient Chinese pondered on the time before there was God. The concept Dao, sometimes translated as "The Way" in English, was formed to be the answer to their perplexing questions (Bilhartz, 2006, p. 284). Dao cannot be defined, yet for many ancients, the ultimate purpose was to be one with Dao.
The Holocaust was nothing short of mass genocide an entire culture just because they didn’t fit in with a government “vision”, which made them easy scapegoats for the Nazi Regime for problems that came to Germany after the First World War. So when the Holocaust started, many refuges evacuated Germany and parts of Europe for places such as Palestinian, which was once apart of their homeland. But when the new people there, the Arabians, would limit or even try and stop them from getting in, it created a heavy tension that has lasted to this day.
Universal Denial of Human Rights Holocaust is defined as a destruction or slaughter on a mass scale. From 1942 to 1945, victims of the largest mass genocide were denied basic human rights by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. Looking back, two of the main articles abused in Universal Declaration of Human Rights were article five and article nine. To start, article five states, “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.”