The Holocaust

opinion Essay
1158 words
1158 words

Genocide is one of the most frightening terms one could hear, sending shivers down your spine just to hear the word. Genocide is the intent of extermination of a national, ethnical, racial or religious group. One of the best known Genocide’s to the world is known as the Holocaust. Germans exterminated over 6 million Jews in just a couple of years. Families were torn apart, and some of the worst things you could ever do to a human being were done in these times. After the Holocaust everyone said Never Again, but it has happened over and over. If we follow the steps to preventing genocides, we can stop history from repeating itself and keep the people of the world safe. The bystander effect is one of the biggest reasons why Genocides keep occurring in our world today. The bystander effect is when you see something that you know should not be happening and you ignore it and expect someone else to take care of it, and then they just go on with their lives and act like they didn’t see anything. This is what made it possible for so many people to get away with it for so long, because they knew that the people will just act like nothing is going on. Mostly because they don’t want anything to happen to them or their families, which makes sense, you always want to protect your family, but if you do nothing, millions of other families are getting ripped apart and ruined. It is so important to know what is going on and put a stop to what we know is not right or okay on any level, and just not being a bystander is such a huge, important thing. Why did the Holocaust happen? There was so much planning and detail put into the holocaust. It’s almost impossible to know every detail, because they did hide it the best they could and destroyed a... ... middle of paper ... ...ple would be a bystander, it is so scary when it’s a life or death decision of you or your family, but if we don’t step in and stand up for our neighbors, friends, colleagues, they could be taken and killed in seconds and we will have to live with the fact that we didn’t do anything. Like in Rwanda when a war broke out between the two different tribes, Hutu or Tutsi, and the Hutu gained control and killed 1,000,000 Tutsi’s in 100 days with Machetes, and that could have all been stopped if people wouldn’t have helped the Hutu gain control and help with the Mass killings. We never know what people are capable of, anything could happen at any time, if we just prevent the steps and do what we can as individuals to help others we can prevent Genocides for ever happening again. Works Cited

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how bystanders can't hide the atrocities, like the gas chambers, because they may not have a clear knowledge of the horrific things that are happening to them.
  • Explains that genocide takes time and 8 steps, including classification, symbolism, dehumanization, and polarization.
  • Explains that there were hundreds of thousands of concentration camps all over europe. sixth step was the preparation, taking and separating all the jews and holding them all together.
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