Advancing the Individual's Knowledge of the Holocaust

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By comparing, analyzing and questioning the validity of Maus I and II, Night, Night and Fog, nonfictional historical accounts and a poem, called Already Embraced by the Arm of Heavenly Solace, found in Europe in the Contemporary World, Schindler’s List and the Return to Auschwitz we may determine to what degree these sources serve to advance humanity’s understanding of the holocaust. The holocaust can be explained as the historical event in which the Nazi’s, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, and its collaborators murdered and persecuted approximately six million Jews. This came about because of the German belief that they were “racially superior” and the Jews were an alien threat to the German state. For humanity to advance in their knowledge of the holocaust they must gain an overall knowledge, which would include emotional and factual basis, through verifiable sources. Night and Fog and Schindler’s List, can be categorized together and thus compared. By answering questions in regard to the sources validity and effectiveness, true purpose, and whether it offers one of the two basis for knowledge we are able to determine that both these sources allow for a high degree of service to advancing humanity’s knowledge of the holocaust. Two of the more artistic sources, Maus I and II, and Already Embraced by the Arm of Heavenly Solace, were also categorized together and thus compared. The low degree to which they serve in advancing humanity’s understanding of the holocaust is determined through the conclusions drawn from asking questions about the realistic vision of the event, whether it is a proper depiction of the holocaust, if it reaches a wide audience and offers one of the basis for humanity’s advancement in understandi...

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...he Return to Auschwitz have a high degree to which they serve to advance humanity’s emotional and factual knowledge of the holocaust. Whereas the poem, Already Embraced by the Arm of Heavenly Solace, and Maus I and II have a low degree to which they help to further the human race’s understanding of the holocaust.

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Spiegelman, Art. Maus II: a survivor's tale : and here my troubles began. New York: Pantheon Books, 1991.

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