“Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” (Berenbaum) Would you save lives of others at the consequence of losing your own? Many people faced with this question during the Holocaust became bystanders while very few had the courage to jeopardize everything to rescue others. While Nazi’s were terrorizing others and eliminating their liberties others became bystanders and were spectators and accomplices to the Nazi party. The Holocaust; an attempt to clear a country of its impurities, to create a superior race, and to create a perfect civilization in a country of discrimination and hostility. A time of suffering for many, a period of hiding for others, but for
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Victims sent on a grueling death march to the forced labor camps where they were denied any rights or freedoms. Their heads were shaved, they had to wear the same clothes, and they were denied food. Some were sent immediately to the crematory or gas chambers, never to see their families again. Some experienced the torture of concentration camp life for many years. In concentration camps the prisoners had no rights or liberties they endured brutal and unhygienic living conditions. Not only Jews but, the homosexuals, the disabled, the Jehovah’s witnesses and the many others experienced the callous acts of Hitler’s Final Solution. Many of the victims believed the camps were concealed to the rest of the world. They often imagined if the acts of hatred that they had to experience every day were known by the world they would not let them live like this, not let other humans be treated so monstrously. Throughout the Holocaust between 11 million and 17 million died.
“I was taught that if you see a person drowning you must jump into the water to save them, whether you can swim or not.” (Woo)
It is vital that we remember the lessons and history of the Holocaust to prevent such atrocities from happening in the future. You should never be indifferent in the face of prejudice and always stand up for what you believe is right. If you choose to stand by and watch tragic events happen you are as responsible as those inflicting the tragedy. To prevent