How can history be denied? History is not always pretty, or nice but nothing will change it. The Holocaust was one of the most devastating things to ever happen, but it DID happen. The denial of this piece of history should be illegal. One cannot deny this event and the vital impact that it had on the world. Denying that the Holocaust happened should be illegal because it affected millions of people, there are facts to back it up, and learning about the Holocaust will help prevent it from happening again.
According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state- sponsored persecution and murder of approximately six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators” (1). Six million people were killed because they were not thought of as worthy to be alive. That does not include the number of people who survived this tragic event. It is hard to consider the survivors of this time period as lucky because, a victim of a concentration camp was treated in such a way that death would seem like a relief. A very well-known thirteen year old victim of the Holocaust, Anne Frank, had kept a diary while she was alive so one day people could read it and see the tragedy from her side. Anne documented the events in her life during the time she and her family hid out, graphically expressing the terror, fear and the light of hope. Anne said:
We’ve been missing out on so much here, so very much, and for such a long time. I miss it just as much as you do. I’m not talking about external things, since we’re well provided for in that sense; I mean the internal things. Like you, I long for freedom and fresh air, but I think we’ve been amply compensated for their loss. On the inside I mean. (Frank 196)
That light of hope was extinguished when Anne and her family were discovered and eventually captured and imprisoned. Anne’s father was the only survivor.
When Anne and the others living in the house were suffering, the outside world was awful as well. Jewish people were not the only ones who were targeted by the Nazi Army: gypsies, mentally retarded, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and many more were also persecuted. The Nazi Army was ran by a man, Adolf Hitler, who believed if one was not as superior as the Nazi Army, one did not deserve to live. To deny the Holocaust would be the same as denying the lives of these six million people. People who had lives, families, and friends. These people meant something to someone and died for just being themselves. To deny another person’s life is immoral, and an unjust act.
Slavery, the JFK assassination, and even landing of the moon cannot be denied because they all have facts to back them, hard proof that all of these things happened. Not all things in history are pleasant, but they all happened. Denial of any of these things would leave a huge gap in history and leave questions unanswered. If one were to deny the happening of the Holocaust would the...