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Theme In The Holocaust Essay

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The holocaust is not only humanities darkest hour, but also one of the most educational experiences that ever occurred. Failure is not something good, but you should always learn from it. This also applies to the holocaust. The thing we should have known before the holocaust was that before punishing someone, think of the choice they did or didn't have in the matter. The Germans failed to do this when they brutally persecuted the jews. The people caught in the middle didn't realize that the Germans were wrong in their persecution, and the jews actually forgave the children of the holocaust because they were raised to only know one thing and didn't know that they had a choice.
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For example when Helen was taunted and verbally abused by patients in a medical camp she wondered "Had all the fighting for peace, for human rights and respect, been forgotten already?" (page 172). They other patients taunted Helen because she got double rations due to her extreme starvation. The rest of the patients got regular rations. The patients thought that because there was inequality they should "punish" Helen, but Helen didn't have a choice in the matter. She got abused to the point where she wondered if WWII had been for nothing all because other people couldn't learn from something that they had just lived through. One reason that the people didn't really stop the Nazi's is because "we accepted it as a natural law that a leaders orders must be obeyed without question" (page 36). They knew what they were doing was wrong and because they didn't want to have to stand up for themselves, people just stood to the side while looking the other way.
The people who suffered the most are the people who have taken the lessons of the holocaust to heart the best. The buildings they were forced to live in "were horse stables without windows" (page 125). Being forced to live in conditions like this is an almost perfect example of the brutallity people endured. Thankfully the jews didn't hold it against the...

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