This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Learning Lessons From The Holocaust Essay

2339 words - 9 pages

The phrase "a lesson to be learned and a tragedy to behold" has been indelibly attached to the Holocaust that to think of it in any other way is thought to insult all those of the Jewish community who lost their lives to the attempted genocide of their race by the Nazi regime. Despite such brevity attached to learning lessons from the Holocaust one must wonder whether the lesson has actually been learned or if people will continue to repeat the mistakes of the past. Angela Merkel, the current German Chancellor, has stated that the German experiment towards multi-culturalism has failed, those who wish to migrate into the country must learn the German way whether it is the language they speak, the culture they have or the very religion they hold dear . Such sentiments seem to echo those of the former Third Reich which held the German way, the Aryan way, as the only path to which people should attempt to pursue. While this paper is not trying to vilify the current German government nor is it trying to compare it to the Third Reich, the fact remains that the steps their government is taking fall uneasily close to that of their vilified predecessor. The fact is though, the German government is merely following through with the popular sentiment of its citizenry who believe immigrants coming into the country disrupts the German way of life and all attempts to live side by side in peace have failed. Despite being a predominantly Christian nation who supposedly follow the way of Christ, to hear them say that makes one wonder whether their claims truly reflects their deeds. It is from this situation that the essay of Eckardt and its view that the Holocaust is a "Christian Problem" becomes relevant to what is happening in the world today.
In it she posits the question of whether our own children will be found among the murderers at another time, in that the lessons learned from the Holocaust will be for nothing and that it will repeat itself all over again at another time and place yet originating from the same cause as before . Eckardt presents the idea that the Holocaust was a result of three distinct factors; that it was the culmination of the church's teaching of contempt, the culmination of the church's absolute theology and finally the culmination of modern man's self-liberation from the shackles of God and morality .
In summary, Eckart suggests that it was the religious zealotry by which the German church taught the population that planted the initial seeds of the Holocaust . Throughout the recorded history of the church it has been the religious zealotry that was taught to various populations that has been the cause of numerous bloody conflicts and acts of inhumane cruelty. From the Crusades to the Salem witch hunts and various other historical incidences it has been religious zealotry, the Christian feeling of spiritual superiority and the claims of the church to possess the only sure means of forgiveness, grace and salvation that such...

Find Another Essay On Learning Lessons from the Holocaust

Lessons Learned From the Cuban Missile Crisis

1485 words - 6 pages war and are there lessons we can learn from the Cuban Missile Crisis? If we listen to each Presidential candidate, we are led to believe a nuclear attack from Iran is imminent and we have no choice but to preemptively attack them, except for Ron Paul. Ron Paul is one voice of sanity amidst the screams for war. Ron Paul has taken the time to read DoD reports, CIA findings and the IAEA reports regarding the threat of Iran. In these findings

Lessons from Thirty Years on the Mat

1097 words - 5 pages throwing in the splits. I guess you can say I grew up as a yogi influenced by the spiritual yoga revolution in my community but balanced by my mother’s practical approach to physical health . As I reflect on thirty plus years on the mat, I realize there are many lessons to be learned from this timeless practice. With much of my adult life spent in service as a military officer followed by a successful career in the highly competitive medical

learning from the past

674 words - 3 pages Rodriguez 2Rodriguez 1Omar RodriguezMs. BilandzijaEnglish 9714 October 2014Learning from the past.The past is part of who we are, and we take it with us every day. All the experiences we have gained, decisions we have made, every event in our life, each circumstance, all of the people we have encountered and all the lessons we have learned have led us up to where we are now. The past is in every turn we make. We can't escape it, but we can learn

Medical Knowledge Gained from the Holocaust

909 words - 4 pages Medical Knowledge Gained from the Holocaust During the Holocaust, the Nazis carried out many unethical medical experiments on patients without regard for their survival. Prisoners were forced to be subjects in various studies against their will. The Nazis’ victims went through indescribable pain as they were forced through high-altitude, freezing, tuberculosis, sea water, sulfanilamide, poison, and transplant experiments. Through these tragic

Medical Knowledge Gained from the Holocaust

986 words - 4 pages prisoners. The medical knowledge gained from the Holocaust is morally horrible, since it happened to be extracted from victims who endured fatal suffering. Prisoners in the camps took on starvation and the brutality of the experiments. However, the doctors and scientists conducting these experiments had no consideration for the health of their patients. They showed no acts of kindness or compassion. Therefore, this Nazi data is not justified in

The lessons we should learn from the battle of Uhud

736 words - 3 pages The lessons we should learn from the battle of Uhud The battle of Uhud has great significance in the history of Muslims. This war was fought in the guidance of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) where Meccans attacked the forces of Muslims in Madinah. This battle was fought on 3rd Shawwal 3 AH according to Islamic calendar. The Quraish’s perspective to fight this war was to take revenge from Muslims for the defeat of battle of Badr which they thought they

Lessons To Be Learned From the Study of Warfare

1457 words - 6 pages New and innovative ideas have proven to be instrumental in lifelong learning but there is a great deal to be learned from the study of military history. Today’s military encourages and requires a new way of doing business. Commanders at all levels offer civilian employees incentives for creative ideas to solving problems and encourage service members to “think outside of the box”; business as usual is not the ‘group think’ anymore. But as

Lessons Learned from the Story of Mary Ellen Wilson

1104 words - 4 pages , judging by her size, and her poor legs were striped with the welts of a whip, her body bruised from blows. Her hair matted and infested with vermin, no doubt, and she did not appear to have had a bath of any kind for many days, if not weeks" (qtd. In Shelman 187). This little girls name was Mary Ellen Wilson. Prior to 1874, the United States did not have any laws to protect children from abuse. Though society is still learning, we have come

Lessons To Be Learned From The CE’s Experience

1642 words - 7 pages Lessons To Be Learned From The CE’s Experience With the benefit of hindsight being 20-20 we are always wiser. Obviously, the CE in the case made some fundamental mistakes in attempting to grow the business and take it in new directions. New CE’s will want to start raising performance levels through a strategic change initiative. That being said, this particular CE’s course of action was something that many Chief Executives do everyday in

Lessons from The Piano Lesson by August Wilson

949 words - 4 pages proceeds of selling watermelon’s and buy some land from “Sutter”. Berniece doesn’t want to sell the piano because it holds the memories and blood that stains its wood (Gale, 2000, p255). She refuses to play the piano and keeps its history from her daughter in fear of calling up the spirits that might lie within the piano. The main symbol of the play is the 137-year-old piano, an object that holds a key to the family history. It takes on a

Lessons Learned From the Massacre at Wounded Knee

2469 words - 10 pages engagement had ended, 150 Lakota men, women, and children had been killed. American forces suffered 25 killed with 39 wounded. The wounded Soldiers and Lakota were evacuated to Pine Ridge for treatment. Lessons Learned Three important lessons were learned from the Indian Wars in general and this engagement. First, if a deal is made with a group then the United States government must adhere to the deal. The military has to deal with the

Similar Essays

The Death March: Lessons Learned From The Holocaust

1463 words - 6 pages Unfortunately tyranny and oppression has many examples in history .One of the worst ones is the Nazis from the Second World War. The Nazi death camps and the stories told by eyewitnesses about the inhuman treatment of individuals are a reminder of those horrible days . We should tell the stories and listen to these eyewitnesses to make sure that history does not repeat itself. We also should speak out against Holocaust denials and against

Hiding From The Holocaust Essay

923 words - 4 pages terrible time. All in all, many families had to be very strong and patient to stand hiding from all civilization for so long. Fortunately for the families hiding, they escaped a world where 11 million Jews and other targeted groups were murdered. People, since the Holocaust, have set up their own secret bunkers if anything like this were to happen again. This tragic event in history will forever remain in our hearts. Works Cited Arkell, Harriet

The Lessons Learned From Vietnam Essay

1060 words - 4 pages The Lessons Learned from Vietnam Lorenzo M. Crowell discusses the lessons that Americans have learned from the Vietnam conflict in his article "The Lessons and Ghosts of Vietnam." Crowell analyzes the lessons learned from Vietnam and applies them to the military strategies of today. Crowell does overlook some problems involving the power of Saddam Hussein after Desert Storm and the comparison of two dissimilar wars. Crowell is

Lessons Learnt From The Rwandan Genocide

2549 words - 10 pages Harvard, highlights key lessons that can be learnt along with Agnes Binagwaho, minister of health for Rwanda and a team of public health experts who conducted the study, they claim in the publication that "In the last decade death rates from Aids and tuberculosis have dropped more steeply in Rwanda than just about anywhere, ever” (Boseley, 2014). The paper also mentions that In the last 30 years there has been no clear example of such a massive