Recollection Of The Documentary, Dear Kitty, By Miep Gies

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The documentary, “Dear Kitty” revolves around Miep Gies, and her recollection of helping Anne Frank and her family go into hiding. Miep, was a Dutch citizen who was hired by Anne’s father, Otto Frank. In the summer of 1942, Mr. Frank had initially hired Miep to be the secretary of the business he managed, but with the Nazis ceasing all the Jews from Holland, he would soon need her help with hiding his family. Miep, along with the other four staff members, agreed to help. The Frank family hid in an attic above the business where both Miep and Mr. Frank worked at. Miep and the rest of the workers acted normal during regular work hours so they would not look suspicious. Unfortunately, Anne and her family were found and taken to a concentration …show more content…
Those who claimed to not be involved can easily be categorized as being bystanders. A bystander is a person who does not help or support either side. According to Holocaust Encyclopedia, bystanders were German and European populations. In the documentary, Anne explains in her diary how she witnessed people watch her and her family with pity as they were on their way to hide (Dear Kitty, 1999, 12:33). Bystanders display a form of conformity behavior. In chapter six, conformity is defined as a change in behavior or a belief in accord with others (Myers 188). The reason why conformity can be linked to bystanders is because large groups of people witnessed Jewish people being mistreated in public and chose not to stand up for them. For example, during the phase of mass murder, bystanders did not offer shelter to Jews seeking hiding places (Holocaust Encyclopedia 2016). In another class discussion, we discussed how people often decide not to help when they see other people not help either; this is an example of the bystander effect. The Bystander effect is when more people witness an event; the less likely it is that anyone will provide aid. Chapter twelve refers to what makes us more or less likely in helping others. For example, similarity is one of the reasons we decide to help others. In this case, the bystanders did not share any similarities with the Jews. The bystanders provide this evidence by choosing not to help them. Also depending on the location, people will decide whether or not they want to help. As far as the bystanders were concerned, they were in a country in which their leader was anti-Jew; consequently, there was nothing they could do. Religion can also be a key factor in helping others. The bystanders did not share the same religious beliefs as the Jews and that was another reason they did not help them. I believe bystanders could have made a big change

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