Consequences Of The Holocaust

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Slinkies were accidentally invented in the 40’s by Richard T. James, a period dominated by war, when he was engineering a way to stabilize delicate equipment to be used on a moving ship. World War II, from 1939 to 1945, took place as a result of of the aftermath of World War I. After a humiliating defeat, Germany’s ruined landscape and crippled economy crushed the nation’s spirits and identity. Adolf Hitler, a radical German fascist, seized this opportunity and rose to power. His regime is know as the Third Reich, a policy of “purifying” the the world to fit his delusions, which eventually led to one of the most notorious genocides of the century: the Holocaust. The word Holocaust means “to sacrifice by fire”, and refers to the large-scale …show more content…
After the events of WWI, Hitler used Jews as scapegoats for Germany’s economic crisis. Many were happy to accept that Jews caused the decline in their quality of life since they did not want to attribute the blame to themselves. This type of inaction on a nationwide scale lead to dire consequences. In his short novel Night, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel details his stay in concentration camps during the Holocaust. He is an outspoken human rights activist, specifically against the erasure and denial of the mass genocide committed by Hitler during WWII. In his Nobel Peace Prize speech, Wiesel says, “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” (Source B). In this sentence, Wiesel is criticizing the bystanders as the Holocaust was happening, like the residents of the United States and others around the world. In these scenarios, the oppressor is being empowered by oppressing the powerless. By doing nothing, one is allowing the oppressor to exert his will on another person. Since the oppressed have no way of retaliating, this cycle of violence continues until the weaker side is eradicated. Reasons as to why so many chose to stand aside vary, ranging from not wanting to make oneself a target to flat-out ignorance. They prefer to live their lives completely separate from the undesirables out of fear of being ostracized from society. Through this, they choose their own life over the lives of many. Similarly, acts of selfishness can be found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in articles two and five. The document reads, “Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedom set forth in this declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion...no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel,

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