“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 most it was years of watching genocide happening, in their country, in their community, to their friends, to their colleagues, and to their neighbors. Very few offered aid to their friends in despair, instead they went on with their daily lives ignoring the tragedy occurring around them. Those who helped gave everything they could to shelter those in agony against the crimes arising.
Hitler’s rise to power in 1939 was the start of the Holocaust. It started with Jew’s losing rights such as Jewish owned shops were being boycotted and Nazi’s burned books written by Jewish authors. Jew’s also had to be easily distinguished by wearing the yellow Star of David. They weren’t allowed to serve in the military and eventually Jews were stripped of their German citizenship. The first act of dehumanization forced upon the Jews was being moved into ghettos. Life in the ghettos consisted of overcrowding and filthy living conditions, ghettos became the beginning of the Holocaust experience for the Jews. Friends of the Jews turned their backs from them when they were forced into the ghettos with no verdict over their future. 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...