While religion has the power to draw people together, it can also tear people apart. Throughout history, the Jewish nation has been plagued by persecution as a result of their religion. In Medieval times, the Jews faced blood libels and crusades. If they were to convert, then they would become accepted members into society; however, if they were to remain true to their religious ideals they would be killed. In modern Europe, Jews faced struggles such as Emancipation and the Holocaust. All they wanted was to become accepted in society; however instead they were mistreated and eventually massacred. This all leads up to Jewish life in America, something drastically different than the pattern that has remained constant for centuries. Through the American ideals such as freedom of speech and religion, Jews were able to prosper. No longer were Jews confined to being the people they were expected to be; rather, they had the freedom to establish their own identity. Throughout history, the Jews have been a nation persecuted simply for being Jewish; however, American Jews lived in a society which allowed them to rid themselves of this stigma, and thus become active participants in society.
Generally speaking, if one were to ask an American if they know what the holocaust was, most of the time they would produce a somewhat correct answer. One could also infer the individual would speak broadly about WWII, genocide, Nazi and Adolf Hitler. For those who do not know, The Holocaust was a mass genocide that targeted many groups deemed by the Nazi party to be subhuman(also referred to as Untermensch) such as Roma(Gypsies), Poles, People with Disabilities and Russians. However when hearing the term “Holocaust” or “NAZI” one group in particular is almost always brought to mind, Jews, and for good reason. Jews were the main target of the Nazi Party. Although highly argued, an estimated 5,933,900( Approximately 38% of the Jewish world
The Holocaust was a bloody, terrifying event that unfortunately happened during the world’s most bloody war, World War II. The end result of a portion of deaths of the Holocaust resulted in astounding number of about 6,000,000 Jewish people dead. However, there were about 13,684,900 other lives that were taken during this “cleansing period” that Adolf Hitler once said. Those lives included civilians in surrounding countries, resisters against the Nazi nation, opposing religious members, and many more. Although, over 6,000,000 Jewish people died, many others died who are just as memorable.
The Holocaust was the country-sponsored maltreatment and murder of about six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its contributors. The political group, the Nazis, who came in power in January 1933 believed that Germans were the only race above all others, so the Jews were lower ranking and were a foreign endangerment to the life of the German people. The German government didn’t only target the Jewish groups during this era. The racial commands attacked other racial groups because they were racially declined such as: Roma (Gypsies), disabled people (even disabled Germans), and some Slavic people (Poles, Russians, etc). Other groups were mistreated based on their political, ideas, and attitude over Germans and the Nazis like: Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals.
Six million innocent Jews died “simply because they were Jewish” (Whitcock, 30). The author Whitlock was referring to the Holocaust in the previous quote. The Holocaust, one of the most tragic events in the world, would have not been possible with anti- Semitic beliefs. Anti-Semitism has a deep history all the way back to the beginning of the Christian era and was spread with biased Nazi propaganda (“Nazi Propaganda”). The worst part of anti-Semitism was its effects.
The group of people that I have is “Righteous among the Nations”. The reason why I am creating a memorial for them is to let people know that not all people were part of the Nazi, there were some good people who were against Hitler. These people were brave to help Jews at their own risk. Some of these rescuers helped multiple Jews during the Holocaust. The non-Jews that helped the Jews got an award at Yad Vashem in Israel.
In my opinion, the reason people treat others horribly is maybe because of race, religion, gender, economic status, etc. I am going to be talking about two of them, religion and race. Religion in the Holocaust was a big deal because Hitler hated the Jews simply because they were Jewish and he had a different belief system than them. Race is another big one because again, Hitler was a different race than the Jews.
We live in a world where atrocities happen way too often. The cause of these atrocities; the world’s silence in the face of irrefutable evil, and mankind's likeliness of being manipulated. Throughout the history of mankind millions of atrocities have occurred, one after the other, after the other, this is based solely on the fact that we have not truly learned the lesson of our wrong doings. From atrocities within our history, such as slavery and the Holocaust, to the trail of tears and pearl harbor, we took the same lesson from each incident. The lesson that hatred and fear can be used as tools to change and control people, and from that hatred and fear, chaos develops and begins to spread. Many of these atrocities occurred due to avertable circumstances. The Germans vulnerability, the world's ignorance, individual fear, and religion all contributed to these heinous times and massacres. There is no question that the silence and inaction of the world in the face of irrefutable evil resulted in the senseless loss of millions of lives.
The American Christian Holocausts
As a high school student I was always annoyed by students who would ask: Why do we have to learn this stuff [history] anyway? We learn history so we don't repeat our mistakes. This is the common answer that my teachers, my father, and just about any other adult would give. This answer made perfect sense to me then, and I easily accepted it.
The History of Jewish Persecution
Every religious group has suffered a time when their religion was not considered to be popular or right. Out of all of these religious groups that have suffered, no one group has suffered so much as that of the Jewish religion. They have been exiled from almost every country that they have ever inhabited, beginning with Israel, and leading all the was up to Germany, France, Spain, England, and Russia. Not only have they been exiled but also they have suffered through torture, punishment, and murder.