“Never Again”

The US Congress has set aside this day, April 19, as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust.

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  1. Sarah April 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Honor Is Key

    It is very important to remember the Holocaust because we need to give honor to the many people that lost their lives. Hitler and the Nazi party continuously worked hard to take away the dignity of the Jewish community. They were forced to wear armbands with the Star of David on them to show that they were Jewish. They were harassed by guards in public places. Eventually many men, women and children were taken out of their homes and beaten or taken to concentration/labor camps where many were brutally put to death, then thrown into mass graves in piles of thousands of people. Their graves were dug holes with dirt thrown on top. No marble stones, no names of the deceased. No way to remember the people who would never return to their homes. No honor was given to these people, no respect was shown to them. We must be taught about the horrible reality of the Holocaust so that we can honor these men, women and children by making sure that such an event never happens again.
    “I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all,” said Leo C. Rosten. The Jewish people had been a very active part of German society. When the Nazi’s began to discriminate against them, many people saw it happening, yet they said nothing. Many people seemed to turn a “blind eye” to the fact that their neighbors were disappearing in the night. This would have been a very difficult thing to live with in hindsight. To know that you could’ve stood up and said something, or have done something, and yet to know that you did nothing would make life difficult. It should be so much easier to learn from the mistakes of these people, than to learn from our own. We have been given the opportunity to learn from the events of the past to ensure that history does not repeat, and we owe it to the honor of ALL people to make sure that it doesn’t.
    Many people have a mindset that something like the Holocaust can not possibly happen again. Unfortunately, the truth is that it can. Hitler came to power by offering the German people security and prosperity that they hadn’t seen in a long time. People were still suffering from the effects of World War I and Hitler’s promises sounded good to them. The German people were easily led down a path that would lead to the Holocaust. People are easily misled when they feel that they are suffering. When a nation is vulnerable it becomes very easy for a dictator to step in.
    There is still and continues to be prejudice and discrimination in this world that people could easily prevent with some compassion and understanding. For these reasons, it is important for us to learn about the Holocaust and to pass our knowledge of it down from generation to generation. If society can learn enough about this event, and all of the events that led up to it, we are armed with the defense to prevent it from happening again.
    The Jewish people suffered horribly during the Holocaust, yet many held out and kept hope alive. Anne Frank said, “its really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I kept them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can’t build up my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.” By teaching about the Holocaust we preserve the honor of these people that died senseless deaths. By learning about the Holocaust we see the need to practice understanding, to stop being prejudiced against others, and not to discriminate people for being different from ourselves. If we carry these lessons forward, we prevent history from repeating itself, and if we can do that we honor the memories of the victims and all of the people of that time and of our own. Mostly, we’ll honor future generations with a better world, filled with less hate. The lessons of the Holocaust are very important and very valuable because they hold a sense of honor that can not be lessened by time.

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  2. Sarah April 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I typed this paper up last night for school I turned it in today!!

  3. Michael April 20, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Very well written paper Sarah. One thing that amazes me is when people full of hate victimize others and then plead for acceptance, tolerance, and understanding, and confuse their punishment with “persecution”. The LORD our Creator is the only One who can give us the best ideals of what really is right and what really is wrong. There are many in our world who call evil good, and good evil. Yesterday I came across Romans 1 in my daily Bible reading.
    “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.”

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