This “guilt” has given rise to Israel’s current powerful, well-trained military with mandatory conscription of citizens including women. “Israeli society found it much easier to deal with the image of the Jew as resister and fighter, even if he or she ended up as a victim, than with the Jew as the victim of another 's perception, irrespective of his or her actions” (Bartov 805). Despite Israeli efforts to change the perception of the Jews, m...
... middle of paper ...
... Instead, it should be understood that “there are other ways to view reality” (Bartov 816). There is no question that the Holocaust is among the most evil chapters in the history of the world. It has had the greatest effect on how much of the world perceives war and genocide. Without the perception of the Nazis as the iconic enemy of all time, the Jews would not be seen as the ultimate victims. But as Omer Bartov states in his closing remarks, humanity must “study what this manner of perceiving the world had wrought on humanity in the past” (Bartov 816). By being obsessed with defining enemies and victims, we cloud our vision of the real circumstances, of the real world in which we live. These labels are damaging and a burden to those who carry them. Ultimately they are destructive because they act to separate countries and people in a way that cannot be overcome.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The word Holocaust comes from the Greek language, and is a word that was used to identify a terrifying event that took place in our history, A time we will never forget. During this time period people were burnt and cast into fire. This word is almost a synonym to “death”. A very shocking moment in people’s lives is when they were children and they live during the Holocaust. Children in the holocaust were beaten, tortured and killed in either a concentration camp or death camp. If they did survive they would have died of hard labor, starvation or diseases that were spread in camps.... [tags: The Holocaust, Nazi Germany]
2798 words (8 pages)
- Although many people, when looking back at the Holocaust, immediately think of the Nazis terrorizing the Jews, what some people do not realize is that there may have been other factors that influenced this atrocity, which stripped the Jews of their basic human needs, their families, and their faith. Several survivors narrate just these things when asked to recount their time during the Holocaust, but many never really talk about the ambience being felt. However, one survivor focuses on this very fact.... [tags: Elie Wiesel, The Holocaust]
1387 words (4 pages)
- Still today, society seeks to make everyone either an enemy or victim, and once this perception is established, it often becomes an inescapable reality. When a person wants to state forcefully that someone is evil, they often call him or her a “Nazi.” Likewise, when a person thinks of a minority that has been victimized in modern times, they likely think of the Jews during the Holocaust. But the truth is somewhat different. In reality, “the Holocaust is both at the root of the extraordinary revival of Jewish life after the genocide and the cause of the deep anxiety and bewilderment that characterizes much of postwar Jewish thought and creativity” (Bartov 800).... [tags: Nazi Germany, Germany, Israel, World War II]
1123 words (3.2 pages)
- The Holocaust One of the worst events in World History, the Holocaust, was led by Adolf Hitler. The goal of Hitler and Nazi Germany was to exterminate the Jews and other people that they considered to be inferior. It is estimated that over twelve million people, more than half of them Jews were murdered by the Nazis. Years since the terrible event, several books and movies have been written regarding the horrible conditions in which millions of innocent people perished. A personal account of the Holocaust can be found in the book Eyewitness Auschwitz, three years in the Gas Chambers, a memoir written in 1979 by a survivor.... [tags: Auschwitz concentration camp, Adolf Hitler]
1042 words (3 pages)
- Approximately six million Jews died during the holocaust, which was two-thirds of the Jewish population at the time of World War Two. This catastrophe is considered to be one of the most deplorable events caused by the human race itself and will live on for eternity. Often people hear the miraculous stories about survival and escape. However, it is unlikely for one to hear a story of rescue due to the high security surrounding the camps. Many prisoners had no hope of finding refuge and were often destined for the gas chambers.... [tags: Nazi Germany, Jews, Adolf Eichmann, Israel]
1690 words (4.8 pages)
- World War II was has been recognized as “...the most devastating international conflict in history…. Throughout its entire course, the death toll alone was catastrophic, ranging in the tens of millions of dead and even more injured. The death toll wasn’t the only astonishing fact about it. The massacre of the Jews and others that were not of the “superior race” became known as the Holocaust, which resulted with over six million deaths of Jews. It was led by some of the most charismatic leaders the world has known and at the end there was a revolutionary event that caused such a stunning effect on the world with the demonstration of the only use of weapons of mass destruction.... [tags: World War II]
1233 words (3.5 pages)
- “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest”, which was proclaimed by Elie Wiesel, a famous survivor of the holocaust tragedy (Brainyquotes.com). Throughout the years of the holocaust, many worldwide Jewish organizations and individual citizens continued to provide rescue service to the victims under Hitler’s Nazi party. During the spring of 1945, allied troops witnessed first hand the mass murder of the six million Jews and “undesirables”, as they entered the concentration camps.... [tags: Nazi Germany, The Holocaust, Adolf Hitler, Nazism]
1296 words (3.7 pages)
- We have all seen the movies. Improbable situations, villains, heroes and of course just like all great movies, good always triumphs over evil. What would happen if the hero just sat back and let the villain win. Evil would overcome good, not to mention everyone who depended on the hero would be in danger. Although our everyday lives may not consist of evil villains and heroes in tights, they have been filled with good and evil. The only difference is good does not always prevail. Time and time again we have witnessed acts of terror and vice, one of the most renowned being the Holocaust.... [tags: Nazi World War II, Hitler]
1032 words (2.9 pages)
- Community plays a large part in all religions and everyone’s lives. By definition, community is a feeling of friendship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes and interests. Every religion has its own community based on their beliefs although, community does not necessarily have to deal with a single religion. At the interfaith event that we attended as a class, there was a group of people from all different religions including Christians, Jews, and Muslims. We all came together in remembrance of Kristallnacht, the Holocaust and contemporary persecutions around the world despite the difference in our religions.... [tags: Religion, Christianity, Hurricane Katrina]
1038 words (3 pages)
- All across the globe and in every section of time, horrific examples of what humanity truly is. Genghis Khan’s killing spree, the Holocaust, and more recently, 9/11. All cases were humans hurting other humans for different reasons. This case however, took place in a little town called Massachusetts in the beginning years of of the United States. Salem, which was a little town that was prominent in 1692, had a horrific series of events happen that caused the deaths of many young women. These tragic events were due to many factors, from wealth to belief, but the most notable are: The struggle for power, the need of recognition, and the gullibleness of the masses.... [tags: Salem witch trials, Witchcraft, Magic, Salem]
1387 words (4 pages)