World War II

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The World War II unit that we have been studying over the course of the past several weeks has been home to some of the most amazing stories, facts and events of history that I have heard of. Throughout the length of this unit I learned about the tragedy, the chaos, and the hell of the second World War. Of the several stories of the events of this war, a few of them have attracted my attention significantly. The Story of Gerda Weissmann, The Horrors of Nazi Concentration Camps, and The Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are among the few things that I learned which have affected my perspective of the war as whole. These stories demonstrate the atrocities of the war and how they continue(d) to affect people worldwide in the days, weeks, months, and years following them.

The Gerda Weissmann story is quite amazing for it tells the story of the ghetto, deportation, slave-labor camps, and the death march from the perspective of one who had lived through and survived them. Her story is quite eye-opening for she tells about how her family and herself were taken by the Nazis from their hometown in 1939, she was fifteen years old(the equivalent of a freshman and/or sophomore in high school.) I was astonished by the fact that she was able to endure the pain and suffering of the death of her family, starvation, and torture, and still have enough faith for a better future in order to carry on. After six years of being held captive by the Nazis, Gerda finally got what she most desired. The day of liberation, the day that she had never stopped praying for had finally come, on May 7, 1945(the day before Victory in Europe Day.) Lieutenant Kurt Klein, the first soldier on the scene of the liberation, like Gerda, he was also Jewish, and one yea...

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...clear bomb on Hiroshima, and in a matter of seconds the entire city was annihilated, directly killing an approximate 80,000 people. Three days after the bombing of Hiroshima, a bomb, called “Fat Man,” was dropped upon the city of Nagasaki, killing about 40,000 people instantly. I feel that the decisions to drop these bombs were done out of haste and perpetual desire to end the war at once, and is one of United States’ most devastating misconducts, however, war is a time of great urgency where a decision needs to be made as soon as possible and due to this urgency, rational decisions are not the most likely thing to occur. I feel that the decision of dropping these bombs is one of the biggest war related controversies and is quite amazing because not everyone would make that same decision so it makes us wonder, “what would I have done had I been in their situation?”

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