Judgement at Nuremberg Natalie Morrison

The Spatial Experience

As I entered the Auditorium, there were people frantically searching for their seats, speaking with friends, and taking pictures. Everyone seemed more than happy to be there. As I entered the big auditorium I saw that pretty much all the seats were filled, which made me excited to watch the performance. As the lights dimmed and everyone became dead silent, my heart began to race because I had no idea what was about to come on stage. This contributes to the Good Life because the setting of the auditorium allowed me to really connect to the play. The specific sound effects, such as the foot steps and typing, made me feel as though I was in the action.

The Social Experience

I attended the performance with two of my friends. We read a small plot summary so we could be slightly prepared for what was coming in the play. By attending with my friends I was able to share this experience with them. It was very interesting to share our feelings towards the play and how it effected us. By sharing this experience with them I believe I was able to connect with them on a more serious level because the play was about a traumatic event in history.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Watching this performance really made me appreciate the rights we have as citizens of the United States. During that time anti-semitism was an extreme problem and people were treated as if they were animals. Innocent people were killed as well as being wrongly prosecuted and placed into concentration camps. It really makes me thankful that we now have a justice system and have officials that protect the rights of the people. We learn about these serious issues from our teachers and through text books but nothing compares to actually seeing it performed live in front of you. The events becomes real and grasp different emotions by hearing it outside of a classroom setting.

The Emotional Experience

The Judgement at Nuremberg shows Katharsis by making the people who were involved with the horrifications of the Holocaust realize that their actions were in fact wrong. The judges finally "came clean" about the fact they had purposely prosecuted people wrong even though they had no evidence. They said they did it out of patriotism for Hitler. However, I don't think they realized how much they were hurting people because they never took the time to see what actually happened in these camps. Regardless, what they did was wrong and shameful.

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