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It happened 60 years ago. Not many remember, or even want to remember what had happened in Europe. “Holocaust” is a Greek word meaning ‘sacrifice by fire.’ The Nazis came into power in Germany in 1933, and believed that the Germans were ‘racially superior’ compared to the Jews.
In 1933, the Jewish population was standing a little over 9 million. When ‘the Final Solution’ came, two out of every three Jews were killed. There are more people affected by the holocaust than just the survivors. The survivor’s friends and family have been affected in one way or another. One survivor talks about how his daughter ‘feels his pain’ and inherited his unconscious melancholy.
What happened? Six million Jews were killed by Hitler and the Nazis during World War II. 1.5 million children were murdered, Jews, Gypsy children and thousands of handicapped children. What could be learned from this? There are a lot of things we can learn, all from a different degree. How to prevent this from happening, what to do about it if another genocide occurs, and how to educate people around the world. This event did not have a very good chance of being prevented because Hitler was in power and the Allies could not do anything to help the Jews because there were other issues happening. The allies did not liberate these concentration camps until much later in the war, and today, we can. There wasn’t much diversity, let alone exposure in Europe at that time, and people do horrible things with things they don’t understand. Much like how it is with society and their views on sexual dispositions.
How to prevent this event from reoccurring would be to combat and prevent prejudice, discrimination and violence. Education, awareness and everyday events could help prevent these hate crimes in the world. With education, that brings the topic out and into the open, shows and makes people more comfortable with others around them. Giving people exposure to others of a different race, religion or appearances, it again, makes them more comfortable and used to being around those different from them. Once people get used to the idea of mixing societies together, everyday events and small choices can make a difference. In school, having kids invite different kids to their table could be enough to make a difference.
Why it is so vital that the remembrance, history, and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to a new generation is because it further educates them about what had happened 60 years ago. The big picture? To prevent another holocaust.
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The Holocaust, Anti-communism, Genocides, Persecution of Jews, Responsibility for the Holocaust, Aftermath of the Holocaust, Final Solution, Holocaust denial, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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