The Importance Of Religion In The Holocaust

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The Holocaust is a heinous genocide that took millions of lives. Unfortunately due to no one stepping in, there was a mass slaughtering of people in the Jewish faith. After the Holocaust there was a lot of rebuilding of the Jewish faith that had to happen. For example if they still believed in God or not. There was a lot of guilt and it was a hard concept for people of the Judaic faith to accept, because if the Holocaust was an act done by God, that means they were guilty of something as a community. On the contrary if the Holocaust was not an act committed by God that would mean God does not exist. Not only does a new relationship with God has to be built; but so does their relationships with people have to be reformed. A huge reason on why …show more content…
To say people lost faith entirely or gained even more faith would make light of a very severe and disheartening event in history. However I feel faith did not take a drastic change in if God was real or not, until people were officially out of concentration camps. There were skeptics in the camps for sure, but, in the face of death, people were probably holding onto their death a little more tightly because it was the only thing they had. Very few had family or friends with them, or even living family or friends. Their homes had been taken away and their rights they had as humans were ripped right out of their hands. The only thing the Nazis could not take away from them would be their faith; their will to survive. The Nazis tried to break people and their faith, but there was only so much the Nazis could do. People having strong faith while in the concentration camps really allowed for them to have something live for. Having a higher power can relieve people some of their struggles in their life. I went of the this field trip to the Holocaust museum when I was in middle school, and we got to meet a Holocaust survivor. I asked if she ever stopped believing in God and she responded with, “You can’t lose faith. If I had lost faith I would be dead. It was bad. Having hope in the concentration camps is they only thing someone has when living in those conditions and if you lose faith then you are dead.” I feel more people lost their faith as they started to be freed from the concentration camps and the reality of having nothing started to set in. Living in those horrid deadly conditions the most important thing on someone’s mind would be, being set free, to escape those harsh conditions. Once the camps were liberated, people’s faith and distrust in God is probably what took a turn for the worst. When living in those camps people were fighting to live on a day to basis, now that they were free the concept of everything being

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