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Are People Good At Heart? Essay

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"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." This was a quote written in the diary of a girl named Anne Frank, a Jew who was forced into two years of hiding by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a time when anti-Semitism, the hatred of Jews, was led and enforced by a man named Adolf Hitler. Despite the horrible experiences that Anne suffered through during the final years of her life, she still had faith in the kindness of humanity. Even though often times it can be hard to believe, I agree with Anne Frank's statement that people are really good at heart.
I agree with Anne Frank because no one does bad in their lives without what they think is a good reason; basically, the classification of actions as being bad is subjective. In The Diary of Anne Frank Mr. Van Daan's addiction to cigarettes costs his family a good deal of their money once they go into hiding. Mrs. Van Daan expresses that she is upset when she tells Mr. Van Daan, "You're smoking up all our money" (Goodrich and Hackett, 525). Mr. Van Daan isn't trying to waste away his family's funds or be selfish, but he does it for what he believes is a good cause; he doesn't believe he can go on without cigarettes. Another example of the justification of awful actions goes as far back as biblical days with the birth of anti-Semitism. According to the article "Antisemitism: the Longest Hatred", early Christians blamed Jews for the crucifixion of Jesus, causing them to believe Jews deserved their hostility. As time went on, some actually began to believe there were scientific theories that validated their discrimination against those who were Jewish. Adolf Hitler, the man who helped spread anti-Semitism across Europe, was also prejudice against those who were physically and mentally disabled. Hitler saw the mass killing of the handicapped to be a...

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