The Church And The Holocaust Essay

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The Holocaust The poem, "Holocaust," written by Barbara Sonek, sends out a message to the world about how bad the holocaust was and that it can never happen again to humanity. From the victim's viewpoint, she tells of how they were once playful, laughing, and loved children that were destined to be future doctors, lawyers, and leaders. Then they were taken away from their loving families, their hopes and dreams vanished, and they were thrown into raging fires. Others were taken away in overcrowded trains with little room to breathe and their only hope was that they would survive the next day. In the end, she wanted us to hear the plea from the victims that had lost their lives along with everything they had hoped for in their lives so that history can be prevented from repeating itself.In 1934, Adolph Hitler rose to power in Germany, and became know as the "Fuehrer" and "Reich Chancellor," which consolidated all political powers. The German Army tripled in size and Hitler pressed on with plans to take over all of Europe. This was when Hitler started with the mass executions of many innocent people.The Holocaust is regarded as the systematic slaughter of eleven million people commenced by Adolph Hitler's Nazi Regime. People were mass exterminated because they were considered less than perfect for their religious beliefs and any physical defects that did not meet the "Aryan" ideals set by the Nazis. This included over sixty-six of the total European population that was of the Jewish faith. Other groups that were put to death were the sick and physically handicapped, Soviet prisoners of war, Polish, Catholics, Gypsies, homosexuals, and anyone else that opposed Hitler and the Nazi Party. The Nazis were attempting to create a new race of perfect people, which consisted of people with blonde hair with blue eyes and a nicely chiseled figure.Throughout the Holocaust, there were very strong voices opposing the mass executions. One of the voices was Pope Pius XII. Prior to him becoming Pope, he was known as Cardinal Pacelli. He was Cardinal Secretary of State to Pope Pius XI. Pope Pius XII constantly spoke out against Nazi Policies. Two months after World War II broke out, French planes dropped into German occupied territory about 88,000 copies of the Pope's first encyclical letter, "Summu Pontificaties." Nazi Authorities ordered that every copy was to be gathered and destroyed. The Pope spoke out in documents, radio programs, and public appearances. He spoke out against the harsh treatment towards the Jews and he spoke about...

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