In 1945, at the conclusion of World War II, when the allies defeated the Nazi war machine, they had systematically exterminated millions of Jews in the process. During this time, between 1941 and 1945, a world was destroyed. America’s first reaction was denial. When that was no longer possible, they tried to suppress the news and keep it silent for a couple of months, but more reports started to come in and Jewish communities began organizing protests. America responded by saying that they first needed to win the war. When the reports in November of 1942 came in, that 2 million Jews wer...
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...and how it never left him. As he says, “a corpse was contemplating him” (p. 115) referring to in the mirror. He says that the look in his eyes never left him after seeing himself in the mirror for the first time since the ghetto. It is hard to imagine what was going through his mind then. Something like thinking about how he survived and that he was alive. He was probably thinking about where would he go from there, what would he do, not ever even imaging the thought of himself one day being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, one of the highest honors to receive. From his book and what he continues to portray everyday is the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again, and that is one of the main pet peeves he lives by that keeps him going on with life knowing that he is helping to give off this important message after living through it.
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