Holocaust Essays & Term Papers

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Bearing Witnesses, Stories of the Holocaust, selected by Hazel Rochman and Darlene Z. McCampbell is a wonderful book that illustrates the horror of the Holocaust. I believe that this book helped me to better understand what really happened during the tragic event. This book is made up of many different real life accounts of the Holocaust. Survivors, friends and family of victims, and even the Nazi’s themselves all have their own stories and opinions that can be revealed through t

The Holocaust: In Memory of Millions Response Paper I have always known the holocaust to be one of the worst events in all of history. I remember learning all about it in history class in the ninth grade and being appalled by all the horrors that were shown to us. We learned all about the intense persecution of the Jews, how they were forced into terrible concentration camps where they either worked or were killed, and how the Germans just walked around beating on them and destroying

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic destruction of a group. Or in simpler term the killing of one group due to their nationality, religion, color of their skin, extra. Now the first thing that probably popped into your mind is the Holocaust and what happened there. But what you should really be thinking about is how to prevent this from ever happing again. Everyone knows about the Holocaust and what the Germans did to the Jews and other people. How Hitler convinced the Germans to kille

The Holocaust was a tragic event that was an attempt to wipe out the Jewish people. Even though Hitler came close to accomplishing his goal, some Jews were still able to survive and tell their story. The authors Primo Levi and Dori Laub are both survivors of the Holocaust that discuss their narrative of the event. Levi views the Holocaust as a unicum, an unprecedented event that does not yet have a language adequate to it. This helps us understand Laub s idea that the Holocaust is an event

When groups and nations come into conflict, they sometimes act in inhumane ways. They use cruel and harsh treatment toward others. Two conflicts that occurred between 1900 and 1945 that resulted in the inhumane treatment of people are the Nazi Holocaust and the Salt March. The Nazi Holocaust and the Salt March are great examples of inhumane treatment of people. The Holocaust was a movement to destroy all the Jews. Nazis would burn Synagogue’s, burn books, and beat and kill Jews.

When trying to understand an event such as the Holocaust there is no substitute for first hand experience. However, because we cannot relive the Holocaust, we must attempt to gain an understanding of this tragic event through other means. In JS 211, sources such as books, movies, and even Holocaust survivors themselves, can help us learn what happened in the to those targeted by the Nazis in World War Two. Each of the many resources available to us can provide information on what the Ho

I've thought, and thought about resistance in the Holocaust and I've come to this realization: No words or poem or detailed description can describe the level of terror and oppression that took place. I am simply going to try my best to understand a fraction of the pain that many people went through, and the lessons we can learn from what happened. If the people that died in the Holocaust had one thing to say, I think that they would say, "Life is a gift, and you're lucky to have

In ones mind the Holocaust and the Titanic can be seen as a triumph. The Holocaust is a triumph because if it didn t happen back than in the 1930 s and 1940 it might have happened now. It also made people aware of other races and religions and how the people that are apart and involved with them are humans just like everyone else. The Holocaust can also be seen as a triumph because if it had happened now there would have been a lot more deaths. The Titanic can be seen as a triumph because it

How Could I Prevent the Holocaust The word Holocaust means a conflagargration, a great raging fire that consumes it s path all that lives (Kimel, 1 ed.). This describes the Holocaust perfectly. It was a fire created by the German Nazis that destroyed all Jews and other minorities. The Holocaust stands alone as the only systematic and organized effort by a modern government to destroy a whole race of people (Kimel, 1 ed.). Six million Jews died in the Holocaust, this is six million lives

Hitler's Willing Executioners This book explains why the Holocaust occured. The cause of the Holocaust is found in the beliefs of the Germans. This book tells non-Jewish Germans that the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers and was not perpetrated solely by SS officials in the death camps. He says that the persecution began in schools, at the workplace, in stores, at every street corner. Germans tortured and killed the Jews not because they were ordered to but because the

Polish children imprisoned in Auschwitz look out from behind the barbed wire fence. Approximately 40,000 Polish children were imprisoned in the camp before being transferred to Germany during the "Heuaktion" (Hay Action). The blond boy at the lower right may be Kalman Cylberszac (b.1934), the son of Rachel and Nachum Cylberszac from Lask, Poland. Credit: Main Commission for the Investigation of Nazi War Crimes, courtesy of USHMM Photo Archives In the United States, many school systems have

The Holocaust: Does History Repeat Itself? The Holocaust was a period in time lasting from 1933-1945, where Adolph Hitler tried to exterminate people that he considered to be inferior to him. He wanted his country to be full of Arians, his perception of the perfect person. An Arian is described as a blonde haired blue-eyed person. More recently, history teachers in Germany are trying to avoid teaching about this event that killed close to 12 million Jews, homosexuals, invalids, and g

Steven Speilberg s main purpose for directing the film Schindler s List was to tell the best story to ever come out of the Holocaust, whilst informing the viewer of the horrific events that occurred during the Holocaust was his secondary motive. Due to the fact that the movie is based around the life of one man, it is obvious that this is correct. Also, the development of the characters and the importance of names in the film suggest that is was not merely a Holocaust documentary. Schind

I've thought, and thought about resistance in the Holocaust and I've come to this realization: No words or poem or detailed description can describe the level of terror and oppression that took place. I am simply going to try my best to understand a fraction of the pain that many people went through, and the lessons we can learn from what happened. If the people that died in the Holocaust had one thing to say, I think that they would say, "Life is a gift, and you're lucky to have it, don't wa

In Memory of the Holocaust In Germany during World War II, 6 million Jews were exterminated by Nazis. Exterminated means to be destroyed completely. Extermination, however, is usually only enacted only upon animals. Sadly, the Jews were treated like pesky animals, and the Germans were the self-apointed exterminators. The mass murder of human life during World War II is what we now recognize as the holocaust. There is no doubt that the holocaust occured, but some question whether or not

Why the Jews? People frequently ask why the Jews were the target of the Holocaust or why the Holocaust happened. The first is an easy question to answer. Jews were the targets of the Holocaust because Hitler hated Jews and blamed them for all of the problems in the world. He especially blamed them for Germany's loss of World War I. Hitler told the German people that they could have won the first war, if Germany had not been "stabbed in the back" by the Jews and their conspirators. Hitler's

Prejudice was the main factor that led to the holocaust. For some, resisting these forms of oppression was survival. Considering the dehumanizing the Nazis had forced upon the Jews, people took whatever courage and strength they had to get through this period of time. I believe luck also had a part to play in survival. Even though now prejudice is mostly name calling, 60 years ago it could mean death. Whether one is resisting the Nazis or just resisting prejudice in general, one must

The Holocaust Memorial Located close to lively South Beach is one of the most haunting pieces of art I have ever seen. The deeply moving Holocaust Memorial in Miami is an art installation that combines the senses of sight, sound and a vivid array of emotions. The structure itself is a walled circle within a semicircle. Within the circle resides the main body of the work, a 42-foot bronze sculpted arm and hand reaching up to God. The wall surrounding the inner circle stands about 10 f

Night, by Elie Wiesel is an autobiography including the main characters Elie, his family, and all the victims of the holocaust. The main idea of this book is to get people to realize the pain and suffering of the Jewish people during the Holocaust. Because of cruel incidents, people s emotions go numb. They had no lives. The Jewish prisoners went to any length to stay alive; lying, killing, and even betraying family. Jewish prisoners knew nothing about how to survive the deadly camp of Au

The Holocaust was one of the greatest atrocities known to man. This paper will clearly show the cruelty, death destruction that was caused during the Holocaust. In addition, this paper will overview the background and goals of the one man responsible for this great tragedy. "Holocaust" is the name given to the mass murder of six million Jewish people in Europe during World War II, from the period of 1933- 1945. The word "Holocaust" originally meant widespread destruction by fire. By

The Response of the United States One of the questions that we frequently hear is about how the United States reacted to the Holocaust. Our answer is not a happy one. During World War II the United States took virtually no action to impede the Holocaust or rescue the victims from the concentration camps even though both Great Britain and the United States knew about that genocide. Such proposals as bombing the rail system that brought victims to Auschwitz was rejected. The United Sta

Brooks Rawlings May 5, 1999 Holocaust Essay

Elie Wiesel’s, Dawn Elie Wiesel was only fifteen when German troops deported him and his family from their home in Romania to the concentration camp, Auschwitz. His father, mother and younger sister all died in result to the hands of the Nazis. The young boy survived forced labor, forced marches, starvation, disease, beatings and torture to become a world-renowned writer, teacher and spokesmen for the oppressed peoples of the earth. He is best known as the most eloquent witness t

The Holocaust One of the toughest questions we are asked at the Holocaust History Project is when someone says "tell me everything you can about the Holocaust." It is difficult because we know that this person wants to know about the Holocaust, but does not yet know enough to ask the right questions. There is so much information about the Holocaust that it is impossible to describe it all in a simple answer. We can, however, tell you what the Holocaust was and - most importantly - where y

Hitler and the Nazi Party gained power in Germany in 1933 and lost power in 1945 -- only 12 years. And yet, by the end of the Hitler regime, the world had been plunged into a global world war, Europe was in shambles and nearly 30 million died. Among the dead were over SIX MILLION Jews -- men, women and children --who were systematically and efficiently slaughtered for no other reason than that they were Jews. This event has come to be called THE HOLOCAUST. In the view of this writer, the ter

Human Rights Throughout history, people’s human rights have been violated, but efforts have also been made to address the violations, and protect their rights. Human rights are rights as regarded as belonging fundamentally to all persons. Today, everyone is entitled to the same rights. We are all equal, in a sense. We are all protected by basically the same rights in America. Things were different throughout history however. For example, the Jews in Nazi Germany were treated horrib

The book I chose to do for my final book evaluation was I Have Lived A Thousand Years by Livia Britton Jackson. I thought that this book was very interesting, yet I have to say that it was not as enjoyable as the other books I have read. It was a very depressing book about the Holocaust. The main reason why I found this book so interesting was because it was a great, yet very sad story amongst an educational and timeless event. This book is about a girl named Elli who is liberated from the

Elie Wiesel’s is a powerful novel that describes the occurrences during the Holocaust. The story takes place in the times of WW II in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Night can be interpreted as an autobiography of the author’s personal experiences during his captivity by the Nazis in the concentration camp at Auschwitz. The simple language, Wiesel uses, captures in great detail and deepness the cruelties, suffering, and torturing the Jews lived in the concentration camps. T

Concentration Camps Concentration Camps were a big part of the Holocaust. My first topic is the concentration camp Dachau. Then I will talk about another concentration camp called Bergen-Belsen. After that, I will tell you about the concentration camp Treblinka. Finally, the last concentration I will talk about is Auschwitz-Birkenau. Describing these camps will inform you that concentration camps were a huge part of the Holocaust. Dachau was a devastating concentration camp of the Holocaus

Film Essay In the Oscar award winning dramatic comedy/fable Life is Beautiful by Robert Benigni, historical/poetic documentary Night and Fog by Alain Resnais, and personal memoir Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi, Nazi Germany and the Holocaust is thoroughly depicted. The Holocaust stands as a looking glass through which many people view the world s greatest devastation that caused the murders and deaths of millions of Jewish people. Although all 3 works are similar depicting the Holocaus

My Thoughts on the Holocaust Over the course of this year we have studied everything from the theories of Utilitarianism to the rise of current U.S. Democracy. We as a class have highlighted and discussed many of the problems of political thought. It is extremely interesting to me how the most problematic issue related to political thought in my opinion was the last topic we discussed. The issue that I am speaking of is the Holocaust. I began studying the Holocaust when I was in mi

The Pawnbroker It is the year 2001 and not much has changed in our society from the time the Holocaust occurred. A lot of people still believe that the Holocaust did not exist or they try to forget that it did. The Pawnbroker is a film that expresses these feelings. This film also depicts how one man tries to forget his past by becoming a hermit. The Pawnbroker uses some images to show some points about how a survivor is affected by the Holocaust. Cynthia Ozick wrote a book called the

Essay #3 Art Spiegelman’s Maus II is a book that tells more than the story of one family’s struggle to live thought the Holocaust. It gives us a look into the psyche of a survivor’s child and how the Holocaust affected him and many other generations of people who were never there at all. Maus II gives the reader a peek into the psyche of Art Spiegelman and the affects of having two parents that survived the Holocaust had on him. Spiegelman demonstrates the affects of

The holocaust was the product of hatred and prejudice created by Hitler. Hitler’s hatred for all people except the “Aryan” race helped him gain popularity in the German people. The holocaust was the development of Nazi beliefs. The war crippled the economy and helped pave the way for a new leader. The belief of the Nazi’s were that the supreme race was the Aryan race. Many events lead to the holocaust. BODY The war had many effects on the people, this created the perf

The Holocaust: Repirations and Payments Money cures all alements. The Holocaust was a robbery, however money cannot replace the lives that were destroyed. The World Jewish Congress estimates between 23-32 billion 1945 dollars were taken from jews in occupied Europe. This money was taken through lies, theft and outright barbarity. After the war, Western Allies helped Jews reclaim their property, however many people, who were liberated by the Soviets, did not have this luxury. When

Reflection Even though I know a lot about holocaust, since I am Jewish, Russian, my grandparents told me a lot about it, my grandparents actually were fighting the war, and lots of my relatives were killed, I learned a lot of new interesting things that I never knew before. I think that it is great that such web sites exist and that people actually remember what happened and also try to help to reward what Jewish people had lost. Also I think that everybody should learn about it, especially J

Throughout history we have studied and learned about different people and places that have gone through serious hardships. Some people wrote books about their terrible experience. However, others we have just read about in newspaper articles, seen in movies or even studied in a school textbooks. The book Night is about a Hungarian Jewish teenager who is captured by the Nazi's along with his father and many other Jews. They are being tortured in many ways such as being beaten,strip

The Survivors of the Holocaust: General Survey Because the traumatization of the Holocaust was both individual and collective, most individuals made efforts to create a "new family" to replace the nuclear family that had been lost. In order for the victims to resist dehumanization and regression and to find support, the members of such groups shared stories about the past, fantasies of the future and joint prayers as well as poetry and expressions of personal and general human as

Holocaust Unit SummaryI was mostly affected by this unit because it showed me that in the midst of allthe unkindness of the Nazi party, that there were still some people left who were kindenough to put their own lives on the line to save someone else's. I didn't understand,until the stories and the movies cleared it up, how the people could not figure out thatthere was something wrong when they were being pushed around by the Nazi soldiers. The Nazis were very unkind to the Jews. In the

Guilt is defined as “an awareness of having done wrong or committed a crime, accompanied by feelings of shame and regret” by Encarta.com. Often times these feelings of shame that are often accompanied by survivors of the holocaust are not justified. Yet, it is very common that survivors of the holocaust experience what is called “survivor guilt”. Survivor guilt is the word used to describe the feelings of people who survived a disaster, which killed others. “On an irrational

It is amazing how the influence of one man, Adolf Hitler, could control the minds and ethics of a complete nation. The prejudice and hate that dwelled inside of him, killed an entire group of individuals. The Holocaust is the most horrifying crime against humanity of all times. Hitler, in an attempt to establish the pure Aryan race, decided that all of the mentally ill, gypsies, non supporters of Nazism, and Jews were to be eliminated from the German population. In January 1941, in a me

The Holocaust has proven to be a disastrous event in history. The details of this tragedy are shown in the book Night by Elie Wiesel. Night was set in several concentration camps during the Holocaust, but the most memorable was Auschwitz. Wiesel suffers through the agony of watching his own father die, during Wiesels stay at the concentration camp. Thus, the psychological beatings were far worse then the physical beatings. Physical abuse during the Holocaust was monstrous. Fi

Wiesel's Night is about what the Holocaust did, not just to the Jews, but by extension, to humanity. People all over the world were devastated by this atrocious act, and there are still people today who haven't overcome the effects. One example of the heinous acts of the Germans that stands out occurs at the end of the war, when Elie and the rest of the camp of Buna is being forced to transfer to Gleiwitz. This transfer is a long, arduous, and tiring journey for all that are involve

The word Holocaust comes from two Greek words, holos, meaning "whole" and Kaustos meaning "burned." It was used in early times it described the sacrifice that was burnt entirely on an altar. Many people who were "sacrificed" during World War II were also burnt in crematories and furnaces, hence, naming this mass murder of humans The Holocaust. The Holocaust, to many, is better known as Adolf Hitler's, the German chancellor of German during the mid 1930's into early 1940's, attempt to annihil

The Diary of Anne Frank is about a girl that kept a diary while hiding from Nazi’s in Amsterdam for two years. The diary ends when the Nazi’s found her and her family. Her whole family was killed in exception for her father. She was given the journal on her thirteenth birthday. She simply summarized her life for two years in this phenomenal journal. This journal was found after she was killed. The book was published in 1947. Twenty-five million copies were sold and

A Terrible Tragedy The human tragedy of the Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews by the Nazi regime during World War II. The adversity of this persecution influenced not only the European arena, but also peoples from all over the globe and their ideas. The impact caused by this ethnic cleansing was enormous. People’s lives were drastically changed as they were persecuted and tortured. Families were taken out of their homes and forced to move to distant l

Night by Elie Wiesel is an autobiographical novel recording Mr. Wiesel’s experiences during the World War II holocaust. As a 15 year old boy Elie was torn from his home and placed in a concentration camp. He and his father were separated from his mother and his sisters. It is believed that they were put to death in the fiery pits of Auschwitz. The entire story is one of calm historical significance while there is a slight separation between the emotional trauma of what are occurring,

The Maus series of books tell a very powerful story about one man’s experience in the Holocaust. They do not tell the story in the conventional novel fashion. Instead, the books take on an approach that uses comic windows as a method of conveying the story. One of the most controversial aspects of this method was the use of animals to portray different races of people. The use of animals as human races shows the reader the ideas of the Holocaust a lot more forcefully than simply u

Over View of Book The book that I am reading is a WWII book showing the struggles of a teen-age girl named Lisa living in Denmark and as the war is going on she is growing up. The author shows how life was in Denmark during the holocaust the author explains from great detail how the Jews in Denmark lived and in order to live there they formed a resistance group so the Nazis would not take them into concentration camps. As Lisa was growing up she realized that she had to help her nation st

Summary: Night by Elie Wiesel Wiesel's Night is about what the Holocaust did, not just to the Jews, but by extension, to humanity. People all over the world were devastated by this atrocious act, and there are still people today who haven't overcome the effects. One of the many horrible acts that stands out occurs at the end of the war, when Elie and the rest of the camp of Buna are being forced to transfer to Gleiwitz. This transfer is a long and tiring journey for all who are involv

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