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Humanities

February 12,
2017

 

The Importance of Holocaust

One of the most tragic and heart
touching event written in history book happened in January 30, 1933 – May 8,
1945 and it changed the way of humankind. The important lessons we can learn by
studying the Holocaust are the determination of young kids who managed to write
a diary in such a harsh condition, how Jewish people were treated during the
Holocaust, and what Jewish people did to save their lives.

 One important lesson which can be learned by
studying the Holocaust is the determination of young kids who managed to write
a diary in such a harsh condition. For example, Anne Frank, 13 years old, wrote
her diary while hiding from Nazi Party in secret Annex. She wrote in her diary,
“Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all other
people? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It is God that
has made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again”
(Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl). This quote from Anne Frank reveals about
her courage that she is hopeful and looking forward for better days. Another
example is, the diary of 14 years old girl, Rutka Laskier. She wrote her diary
in ghetto, meaning an area where one race or ethnic group lives separately, in
which she was put forcedly. She wrote in her diary, “The rope around us is
getting tighter and tighter. I’m turning into an animal waiting to die.”
(Polish girl’s Holocaust diary unveiled after 60 years). This demonstrates that
she lived in such a fear but she still managed to write a diary to let everyone
know how life was like for Jewish people during the Holocaust.

Another important lesson which can
be learned by studying the Holocaust is how Jewish people were treated during
the Holocaust. During Holocaust, Jewish people were not allowed to go to
certain places, they were prohibited to use streetcars and Jews were forbidden
to ride in cars, even their own. During Holocaust, Nuremberg Laws were made by
Nazis against Jewish people. Nuremberg Laws revoke Reich citizenship for Jews
and prohibit Jews from marrying or having any relationships with Germans or
related blood of German. In Nuremberg Race Laws, in article 2, it states, “A
Reich citizen is a subject of the state who is of German or related blood, and
proves by his conduct that he is willing and fit to faithfully serve the German
people and Reich” (Nuremberg Race Laws: Translation). This demonstrates, Nazis
believed that Jewish people betrayed Germany, so they were discriminated and
treated so poorly that they were not even considered part of Germany people. In
addition, Jews were forced to wear yellow stars, the stars were intended to
humiliate Jews and to mark them out for segregation and discrimination. During
Holocaust, Nazis stormed the street of Germany and Austria destroying anything
belonging to Jews who lived in area. Jewish businesses were destroyed, Jewish
worship places were burned, and Jewish people were kicked out of their homes
and apartments. Paul Rona, survivor of Holocaust, said in his interview, “During
Kristallnacht, my father and I were arrested in our apartment and immediately
taken away….and my mother was kicked out of the house” (Kristallnacht: The
Night of Broken Glass; Paul Rona). This demonstrates, how poorly Jewish people
were treated during the Holocaust. During Holocaust, Jewish people were sent to
Auschwitz camp and death camp, where they were killed intensely. Josef Perl,
who survived a massacre of Czech Jews, said, “We marched into a forest where a
huge long ditch was already dug. . .. I could hear . . . a machine gun going. .
.. All of a sudden, . . . I saw my mother and four sisters lined up and before
I had a chance to say, ‘Mother!’ they were already dead” (discovering our past
– the history of the United States). This demonstrates how cruelly and
inhumanly Jewish people were treated during Holocaust. 

Last but not least, another
important lesson that can be learned by studying the Holocaust is what Jewish
people did to save their lives. Since Nazi Germany was killing millions of Jews
intensely and inhumanly, some Jewish people emigrated to different countries
and some Jewish people went on hiding. According to United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum, “Between the Nazi rise to power in 1933 and Nazi Germany’s
surrender in 1945, more than 340,000 Jews emigrated from Germany and Austria”
(Holocaust Encyclopedia – Refugees). This shows that due to fear of getting
killed by Nazis, Jewish people left their homes, family and their friends
behind and went on refugees. In addition to that, some Jews went on hiding, one
example is Anne Frank. Anne Frank went on hiding with 8 people which included
her family and three more people. Their hiding place was to be upstairs in the
building where her Father used to have his business. They had very little to eat
and they were all crumbled up in small space. In the diary of Anne Frank, she
wrote, “we were unable to move around during the day or use bathroom facilities
for fear of being discovered by worker in the office below” (Anne Frank: The
Diary of a Young Girl). This demonstrates, the difficulties and harsh
conditions Jewish people went through during Holocaust, in fear of getting
discovered and being killed.  

In conclusion, however there are a
lot of important lessons that can be learned by studying the Holocaust, but
most important are the determination of young kids who managed to write a diary
in such a harsh condition, how Jewish people were treated during the Holocaust,
and what Jewish people did to save their lives. After all, Holocaust was a very
heart touching event that caused an eye-opener for humans about how cruel
humans can be. Therefore, we should never forget one of the most traumatic
event written in history book and how it eventually led to the killing of more
than six million Jews. 

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