World War II: How Does The Human Spirit Triumph?

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How Does The Human Spirit Triumph?

Although the human body may be fragile the human spirit is firm. During World War II a horrific time in history happened where Jews were persecuted and killed. This was known as the Holocaust. Etty Hillesum, a Holocaust victim, talked about how the “big things” helped victims survive. What do you think those “big things” were? In the time of the Holocaust, love, laughter, and nature all helped the human spirit triumph. Love is one of the “big things” that helped people’s spirit to keep on going. Yellow Star a book based on a little girl named Syvia who is in a ghetto in Lodz imprisoned with her family. It’s the love of her family that kept her going and alive during this time in her life. She was one of the 12 children to pull through the ghetto in Lodz due to the sacrifices her family made to keep her breathing. For instance, “Mother does not eat her meal”, “She gives it to me instead”.( Doc A) Her mother decided to give her meal to Syvia instead of eating it herself. Syvia was grateful about what her mother did for her “her …show more content…

Anne Frank a victim from the Holocaust wrote about the view she saw while hiding in the attic in Amsterdam “over all the roofs and on to the horizon, which was such a pale blue that it was hard to see the dividing line.”/ “I looked up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the seagulls and other birds as they glide on the wind.” Seeing this view couldn’t make her unhappy stating in (Doc D) “while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy.” Etty Hillesum was another person that helped her spirit triumph by nature. Etty was at Westerbork a transit camp. One day when she was there she a saw a rainbow, which “ was the only reason for my cheerfulness.”(Doc E) Nature’s beauty helped Etty Hillesum and Anne Frank with a horrific moment in their life they went

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