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.
Additionally, The Jews were forced out of their homes, had their businesses taken away, etc. for no valid reason except for their religion. And finally If everyone was good at heart, then the fighting and bickering occurring in the Annex wouldn’t have come about. The persons Anne was referring to as “good at heart” were the ones responsible for the mass murder of the innocent Jewish people. In a quote from the Diary of Anne Frank play, it states, “Dussel:
It too is a misfortune that you were never prosecuted for your heinous crimes against humanity; moreover, the records of your human experimentation were destroyed some 50 years ago (Baron). I hope this letter inflicts emotional pain on your past actions as you now have a perspective of a Jew. We are humans, not some inferior race that should be irradiated. Your other targets such as the Gypsies and even the mentally and/or physically disabled individuals are as human as you. Your role in the killing of thousands of innocent people not only brought physical and psychological pain to those individuals, but this pain has only perpetuated discrimination and turmoil throughout the world.
Anything that makes someone different is used against them to make them seem different from the rest. Bad hearted people tease and assault anyone who is different to them and those around them, when the truth is they are the same. In our history class paper we learned, ¨Color seems to be the only possible reason why thousands of american citizens of japanese ancestry are in consentration camps.¨(doc C, social studies class. )The German are making anyone that is different to them in camps and killing them and hurting them bady. Millions of people don’t deserve this.
In “Resistance During the Holocaust” resistance was so hard because many Jews were murdered by the Nazis and they had very little access to weapons. The purpose for passive resistance was to forget the worries of the ghetto life and to keep themselves clean, and personal satisfaction. The types of cultural and spiritual resistance were Violins of hope, poems, books, music, reading, writing, singing, photography, and art. Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara were forced enormous risks to save and care for those being persecuted in Europe. For example, people can best respond to conflict by passively resisting because of legacies, hope, and survival.
Dehumanization Causing Events in Night Over the course of Eliezer’s holocaust experience in the novel Night, the Jews are gradually reduced to little more that “things” which were a nuisance to Nazis. This process was called dehumanization. Three examples of events that occurred which contributed to the dehumanization of Eliezer, his father, and his fellow Jews are: people were divided both mentally and physically, those who could not work or who showed weakness were killed, and public executions were held. Firstly, many of the Jewish people were separated from each other both mentally and physically regardless of their feelings about the separation. An example of this was when the people were loaded into the cattle cars, eighty in each.
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.
However, the Jews had no clue about the terrific life that was soon to come as they would suffer starvation, molestation, and experimentation. Through chemical showers and cruel/unusual punishment the Nazis dehumanized them and used them as scapegoats.
The life of a slave is a life that one should be glad they do not have to live. The voyage to the New World was very cruel for the slaves. In the first passage it says, “they are carried like sheep to the slaughter, and that the Europeans are fond of their flesh.” This shows how awful the slaves were treated. As mentioned before, they were even stripped of all their clothing, and belongings if they had any. Most slaves were so exhausted from the beatings, that they did not even want to eat, but if this happened, the white men would force food into their mouths.
As the Holocaust came to its near end, torture for those in Sighet, Transylvania begins. On page twenty, cruelty stirs up for the Jewish town after ghettos were set up. “A Jew no longer had the right to keep in his house gold, jewels, or any objects of value.” “There was a new decree: every Jew had to wear a yellow star.” In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, every fellow citizen has privileges that cannot be taken away due to race, color, sex, or language. Since their status was considered inferior, their rights were taken away before they knew that the Germans were going to wipe out their population. Under these quotes recited from the text, article two can be matched with the book’s description of discrimination.