First They Came For The Holocaust Poem Analysis

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The world was silent during the Holocaust. The people that were involved in the Holocaust were Adolf Hitler, Nazis, and the victims Jews, Soviets, and many other groups of people. The Holocaust took place from 1933 to 1945 in Europe and northern Africa. It happened because Adolf Hitler wanted a "pure race" and he chose to blame and use the Jews as a scapegoat since they were not well liked at the time anyways. He also wanted to eradicate the Jews for many other reasons, such as land, bankruptcy after the war, etc. The works of art and forms of expression that will be addressed are; The aftermath of the Holocaust resulted in people finally speaking up and creating works of art that show their emotions about that tragedy such as poems, books, …show more content…
It is about the events of the Holocaust and who the Nazis took. It also talks about how it was a time where it was “everyone for themselves”. Also, there were not many people that stood up for others and all of the wrong things that were going on during that time. Niemoller uses parallelism in this poem. Parallelism is a form of repetition in writing that makes the readers more attentive to the message that the author wants to send to their audience. Niemoller states, “First/Then they came for the . . . And I did not speak out because I was not a. . .”. This poem could be recommended to anyone who wants to know more about the Holocaust but does not like to read a lot. It is short, but holds a lot of emotion.
Another poem that stood out is "The Song of the Murdered Jewish People" by Itzhak Katzenelson. It is about his life and perspective of the things around him during the Holocaust. It talked about what was going on around him outside of the camps, being a bystander and having empathy for the people being taken away in such huge quantities. He talked about how people started getting taken abruptly, how lives were and were not being affected, and how little things held so much emotion. I would recommend this poem to people who don’t understand the seriousness and reality of the

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