Rohit SahotaMr. AshmoreHumanitiesFebruary 12,2017 The Importance of HolocaustOne of the most tragic and hearttouching event written in history book happened in January 30, 1933 – May 8,1945 and it changed the way of humankind. The important lessons we can learn bystudying the Holocaust are the determination of young kids who managed to writea diary in such a harsh condition, how Jewish people were treated during theHolocaust, and what Jewish people did to save their lives.
One important lesson which can be learned bystudying the Holocaust is the determination of young kids who managed to writea diary in such a harsh condition. For example, Anne Frank, 13 years old, wroteher diary while hiding from Nazi Party in secret Annex. She wrote in her diary,”Who has inflicted this upon us? Who has made us Jews different from all otherpeople? Who has allowed us to suffer so terribly up till now? It is God thathas made us as we are, but it will be God, too, who will raise us up again”(Anne Frank: The Diary of Young Girl). This quote from Anne Frank reveals abouther courage that she is hopeful and looking forward for better days. Anotherexample is, the diary of 14 years old girl, Rutka Laskier. She wrote her diaryin ghetto, meaning an area where one race or ethnic group lives separately, inwhich she was put forcedly. She wrote in her diary, “The rope around us isgetting tighter and tighter. I’m turning into an animal waiting to die.
”(Polish girl’s Holocaust diary unveiled after 60 years). This demonstrates thatshe lived in such a fear but she still managed to write a diary to let everyoneknow how life was like for Jewish people during the Holocaust. Another important lesson which canbe learned by studying the Holocaust is how Jewish people were treated duringthe Holocaust. During Holocaust, Jewish people were not allowed to go tocertain places, they were prohibited to use streetcars and Jews were forbiddento ride in cars, even their own. During Holocaust, Nuremberg Laws were made byNazis against Jewish people.
Nuremberg Laws revoke Reich citizenship for Jewsand prohibit Jews from marrying or having any relationships with Germans orrelated blood of German. In Nuremberg Race Laws, in article 2, it states, “AReich citizen is a subject of the state who is of German or related blood, andproves by his conduct that he is willing and fit to faithfully serve the Germanpeople and Reich” (Nuremberg Race Laws: Translation). This demonstrates, Nazisbelieved that Jewish people betrayed Germany, so they were discriminated andtreated so poorly that they were not even considered part of Germany people. Inaddition, Jews were forced to wear yellow stars, the stars were intended tohumiliate Jews and to mark them out for segregation and discrimination. DuringHolocaust, Nazis stormed the street of Germany and Austria destroying anythingbelonging to Jews who lived in area. Jewish businesses were destroyed, Jewishworship places were burned, and Jewish people were kicked out of their homesand apartments.
Paul Rona, survivor of Holocaust, said in his interview, “DuringKristallnacht, my father and I were arrested in our apartment and immediatelytaken away….and my mother was kicked out of the house” (Kristallnacht: TheNight of Broken Glass; Paul Rona). This demonstrates, how poorly Jewish peoplewere treated during the Holocaust. During Holocaust, Jewish people were sent toAuschwitz camp and death camp, where they were killed intensely. Josef Perl,who survived a massacre of Czech Jews, said, “We marched into a forest where ahuge long ditch was already dug.
. .. I could hear . . . a machine gun going. .
.. All of a sudden, . . . I saw my mother and four sisters lined up and beforeI had a chance to say, ‘Mother!’ they were already dead” (discovering our past- the history of the United States). This demonstrates how cruelly andinhumanly Jewish people were treated during Holocaust.
Last but not least, anotherimportant lesson that can be learned by studying the Holocaust is what Jewishpeople did to save their lives. Since Nazi Germany was killing millions of Jewsintensely and inhumanly, some Jewish people emigrated to different countriesand some Jewish people went on hiding. According to United States HolocaustMemorial Museum, “Between the Nazi rise to power in 1933 and Nazi Germany’ssurrender in 1945, more than 340,000 Jews emigrated from Germany and Austria”(Holocaust Encyclopedia – Refugees). This shows that due to fear of gettingkilled by Nazis, Jewish people left their homes, family and their friendsbehind and went on refugees. In addition to that, some Jews went on hiding, oneexample is Anne Frank. Anne Frank went on hiding with 8 people which includedher family and three more people. Their hiding place was to be upstairs in thebuilding where her Father used to have his business. They had very little to eatand they were all crumbled up in small space.
In the diary of Anne Frank, shewrote, “we were unable to move around during the day or use bathroom facilitiesfor fear of being discovered by worker in the office below” (Anne Frank: TheDiary of a Young Girl). This demonstrates, the difficulties and harshconditions Jewish people went through during Holocaust, in fear of gettingdiscovered and being killed. In conclusion, however there are alot of important lessons that can be learned by studying the Holocaust, butmost important are the determination of young kids who managed to write a diaryin such a harsh condition, how Jewish people were treated during the Holocaust,and what Jewish people did to save their lives.
After all, Holocaust was a veryheart touching event that caused an eye-opener for humans about how cruelhumans can be. Therefore, we should never forget one of the most traumaticevent written in history book and how it eventually led to the killing of morethan six million Jews.