Holocaust

Holocaust

Length: 1018 words (2.9 double-spaced pages)

Rating: Excellent

Open Document

Essay Preview

More ↓
Holocaust


Freda Friedman was born November 8, 1928 in Poland in the little town of Gdansk. She was one of 8 kids, only six were present at the time the Holocaust was happening. Her maiden name was "Eleberger". Her father was a hard working man, since he had to support a family of eight. He was an owner of a mill, that harvested wheat and barely. The mill had been pasted down in the family for a few generations.
The first time Freda heard the name Hitler was when she was only twelve. The name Hitler scared her, she found out about Hitler after he had been killing other Jews so she knew he was a threat to her and her family. The Germans occupied he town in 1941around the fall and wintertime. She was around fifteen at this time. As the soldiers invaded their town, they began to throw stones at their windows and yelled at them to come out of their houses. The soldier said they could bring one suitcase each, with some food and some clothes. At this point they had no idea where they were going they just listen to what the soldier said to do because they were afraid of death.
The soldier had taking them to a ghetto. There they moved into a two-room house that was shared by them and their uncle's family. While in this ghetto the first program happened, also called a selection, were they soldier go through the town and hand pick the people they want to work for them and the rest are kid. During this selection, her and a few of her brothers and sisters ran into the forest. It was easy for them to escape because their house was located right on the end near the forest, and the soldiers entered the town from the other way, so they just had to run fast. Her mother and father and youngest sister hide in the chimney. The Jews that were not fortunate to get away were killed. They were killed by placing tens Jews deep and shooting them all at once with one bullet. The soldiers said the Jews weren't worth wasting bullets on.
Their whole family was lucky to survive the first program. Life in the ghetto was getting better; they began to make a routine of it.

How to Cite this Page

MLA Citation:
"Holocaust." 123HelpMe.com. 15 Dec 2019
    <https://www.123helpme.com/view.asp?id=134541>.

Need Writing Help?

Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.

Check your paper »

Essay on A Glimpse at the Holocaust

- For some, it seems that the Holocaust in another lifetime, but for others it will be something they will never forget. Holocaust was a time for fighting. The Jewish would fight for the right to live as they were killed solely for being Jewish. The Holocaust began in 1939 and would continue through 1945. It was introduced by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, although he did not act alone. His mission would be to “exterminate” all minorities, but most abundantly, the Jews. Based on information given by About.com, it is estimated that 11 million people were killed during the Holocaust....   [tags: Holocaust ]

Research Papers
994 words (2.8 pages)

Essay on The Holocaust : A Holocaust

- The Holocaust has been known in history for many years, many people have heard its occurrence and the death rate it left around the world. The Holocaust was known as a time of racism, violence, and discrimination, where many Jews died during the time approximately 6 million by German Nazi. The word Holocaust was discovered by the Greeks in ancient times it meant to describe sacrifice offerings to their Gods. The Holocaust in the time divided the lives of Jews into three periods: before, during and after it....   [tags: Nazi Germany, World War II, The Holocaust]

Research Papers
1231 words (3.5 pages)

The Holocaust : A Holocaust Essay

- When I signed up for this course, I had limited knowledge of the holocaust and was not very interested in its history. This course ended up being one of my favorites and the most informational courses that I have taken. Other Political leaders such as Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin had committed mass murders that caused a much higher victim rate than Hitler, so my thoughts were that the holocaust was just another tragedy in human history. This class has given me a different perspective in the way I view the holocaust....   [tags: The Holocaust, Nazi Germany, Jews, Adolf Hitler]

Research Papers
844 words (2.4 pages)

The Holocaust : A Holocaust Essays

- From two different perspectives, Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, and Christopher Browning, a historian of the German perpetrators, have different prospectives of the Germans who were involved in the Holocaust. Wiesel’s Night focuses on the story of an actual survivor and his journey, where as Browning’s Ordinary Men focuses on the German Order Police from judicial interrogations. Both books depict how each party is mentally and physically ruined from the Holocaust and the encounters they endure....   [tags: The Holocaust, Germany, Adolf Hitler, Elie Wiesel]

Research Papers
1189 words (3.4 pages)

Essay about Advancing the Individual's Knowledge of the Holocaust

- 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....   [tags: Holocaust ]

Research Papers
2300 words (6.6 pages)

The Holocaust's Effect on the German Jew Essay

- Adolf Hitler came to power over Germany in January of 1933. He hated Jews and blamed them for everything bad that had ever happened to Germany. Hitler’s goal in life was to eliminate the Jewish population. With his rise to power in Germany, he would put into action his plan of elimination. This is not only why German Jews were the main target of the Holocaust, but why they were a large part of the years before, during, and after the Holocaust. Hitler’s “final solution” almost eliminated the Jewish population in Europe during World War II....   [tags: Holocaust]

Research Papers
1742 words (5 pages)

Essay about Factors Leading to the Holocaust

- Many religious conflicts are built from bigotry; however, only few will forever have an imprint on the world’s history. While some may leave a smear on the world’s past, some – like the homicide of Semitic people – may leave a scar. The Holocaust, closely tied to World War II, was a devastating and systematic persecution of millions of Jews by the Nazi regime and allies. Hitler, an anti-Semitic leader of the Nazis, believed that the Jewish race made the Aryan race impure. The Nazis did all in their power to annihilate the followers of Judaism, while the Jews attempted to rebel, rioted against the government, and united as one....   [tags: Holocaust ]

Research Papers
1472 words (4.2 pages)

The Holocaust Essay

- When I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, I was sickened to learn of horrifying Nazi activities intended to improve the Aryan race and to learn about the human body.� While many people are aware that the Nazis had these goals, most are uninformed of the means used to reach them.� I was also ignorant of the extent of their attempts to establish themselves as ideal specimens of the human race.� They used many unforgivable methods to accomplish these aims, some of which were revealed to me during my visit to the museum....   [tags: Holocaust Essays, The Nazis]

Free Essays
672 words (1.9 pages)

Essay on The Holocaust

- The Holocaust      When you think of the holocaust, what do you think about. Is it the millions of Jews lives that were taken. Or is it a great, but wicked speaker named Adolph Hitler. Adolph Hitler, Auschwitz, and American involvement are some key roles in the holocaust.      Adolph Hitler is probably one of the worst people ever to live. When people talk of evil deeds he is at the top of the list. He was a man of words, and could use them to his advantage. He had an ability to talk and make the Germans believe that the Jews were the reason for the problems in their country; so he gave them the idea to move them out....   [tags: Jewish Holocaust]

Free Essays
402 words (1.1 pages)

The Holocaust Essay

- The Holocaust The Holocaust, what is the true depth of the word. As sad as it may seem, it affected the lives of millions because of the hate inside of one certain group of people, the Nazi’s. Dehumanization is to deprive human qualities such as individuality or compassion. Victims of the Holocaust went through dehumanization simply to make the killing of others psychologically easy for the Nazi’s.      Many victims of the Holocaust suffered from various experiments which eventually led to the death....   [tags: Jewsish Holocaust Hitler Dehumanization Essays]

Research Papers
813 words (2.3 pages)

The only thing that was bothering them was their hunger it was unbearable. Shortly after things have been getting better their father died of typhus. It was a rough time for the whole family, for their father to be able to beat the soldiers and then die of that. It was also very hard because their family was very close to their father, he meant a lot to all of them.
Stories of another program were being spread around, the moment they heard about this, the children left the house for the forest again. The program didn't happen until the morning. After the entire soldiers left the town, they returned back to their house. They couldn't find their mother; she must have been taking in at the selection.
Once they couldn't find their mom, they went to the graveyard looking for her, but they didn't find her. The whole family was a mess after this news, now both of their parents were dead and they had to survive by themselves with the help of other Jews nice enough to. Ten days later there was a surprise program, the third and final, not know to them though. This selection was a big surprise because it was during the day like no other one. There were people running every which way, just hoping to escape. Freda ran into the forest by herself. She then found herself at one of her parent's friend's house who were Gentiles. She stayed there for a few days, as she stayed there she had to hide her Jewish background to the whole community or she was be taking in by the police. One Sunday they brought her to church, and she was unsure of the process of the Catholic Church and people found out she was Jewish. She then found out the cops were after her so she had to run back to her ghetto and she met up with her brothers and sisters.
Germans then made them move to another camp. This camp was called Llagar. They moved there by foot, it seemed to be a long an exhausting trip, many people died along the way of lack of energy and starvation. There she witnessed her own brother's death. He was tied to a horse and drug around the town and then beaten to death. The soldiers then separated the Jews from the Gentiles. There were about twelve Jews left after this time, the soldiers were then order to dig a whole for the Jews. They were to be killed and then placed in the wholes dug out. The soldier then decided not to kill them and they were let go. Right before she left this camp, she witnessed a little girl's death. She was murdered because she was caught stealing a loaf of bread. The soldiers came up to her and shoot her in the head without hesitation.
After she escaped from almost being killed she went back to her parents friends house that took her in before to ask for some food. Her parent's friends refused to give her food and responded by saying "you killed Jesus", you don't deserve food. Freda didn't know how to respond to that, she was only around the age of 16, she didn't understand how she could be accused of killing Jesus when it was near 2000 years ago.
Freda couldn't live in the barracks anymore it was too dangerous, the soldiers were always in the ghettos killing people. She was forced to run away and live in the forest again, but this time it was different she was alone, she was so cold and there was no food, she is still surprised she survived. She was then brought to another camp, it was during the winter and also there was no food, and no place to hide. One day they saw Russian tanks, they all ran to them and told them their story and what the Germans are doing to them. The Russians transported them to a safe Jewish community free of Germans. As the Russians transported them out of the ghettos, the Germans began to bombard the town, killing most of the Jews and a lot of the Russians. Freda then moved in with this one family which provided her with shelter and food. This shelter gave Freda a chance to get things back together for herself. She began working for this one Gentile, she would wash dishes for him and he would give her food. Shortly later Poland was liberated from Russia.
During the interview with Freda Friedman, she was very emotional about the whole situation. Although it was not a typical interview, in which we sat there and asked her questions and she gave us answers. It was an interview that we watch a film of her being interview by the directing committee of Schindler's List, and also she helped explain a few things when we were unsure about them. But mostly we just watched the movie because she was very hesitant about the interview. She was also hesitant about doing the interview with Stephen Spielberg, but her husband, who was also in a concentration camp, Auschwitz, convinced her it would be a good thing to do.
Recently Freda and her husband, Joe, took a trip back to Freda's homeland, Poland, in 1985. The trip was sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Association. At first they were unsure about going back to Poland because they didn't want to relive there pass experience, the same way she felt about doing the interview. After coming to an agreement and deciding to take the trip, they ended up visiting Gdansk, her hometown, Warsaw, Krakow and a few other sites in the polish countryside. One of there stops on the way was one of the ghetto's Freda lived at. When she visit this ghetto, she was very disappointed how things were in particular. She was also very upset that there was not a memorial to commemorate the Jews who were put through all that misery.
Though out the whole interview with Freda, there was a sense of uncertainty and hesitance as she told her story and as we listen. The way she communicated with us and her body language gave us ideas that she was very uncomfortable talking about it. She also let us know they rarely do interviews because after they do one, there is a period of a few days that they have dreams about the Holocaust and relive what they've already been though.
Return to 123HelpMe.com