From years of education, I have learned that the Holocaust was the extermination of Jews, homosexuals, elderly, and anyone who was deemed as undesirable by the Nazi Party. Before discussing this event in class, I saw the Holocaust as a past event with people who worked to stay alive.
After discussing the Holocaust in class and watching films, I see the horrible time in a different light. I saw how some of the children affected by the Holocaust had faith and courage in order to keep their story alive. Not everyone during the Holocaust was scared, but many defended themselves against such misogynistic, prejudice, racist, and sexist views. Parents were brave enough to let their children go and never see them again so that they have a safe and better life. Children were courageous enough to keep diaries in order to live forever and teach the future of true courage.
Children During the Holocaust
What happened to children during the Jewish Holocaust?
About 1.5 million children were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The children were either killed right after birth, were used as laborers and subjects of medical experiments, or killed in gas chambers. However, thousands of children survived because they were hidden. Jewish or undesired children were kept in attics, cellars, barns, Forrest huts, and even inside of walls. Many times, circumcised Jewish boys dressed as females so that they did not run the risk of being checked and sent to concentration camps. False identity papers were also created so that the Jewish and gipsy children were seen as Catholic or Christian. These children were most likely permanently separated from their parents and families so that they could remain safe in such dangerous times.
Walter Süskind was a German Jew who was a part of the resistance during World War 2. He wanted to use his charm, gift of speaking German, and knowledge of the Nazi way in order to save many children during the Nazi Regime. Süskind would distract the German guards with his charms in order to rescue children. I feel that Süskind exemplifies courage because he put his and his family's life at risk so that he could save other people. He did not hesitate to put others first. This man cared for helpless and unfortunate children so that they may have had a chance to live a better life.
Nazis and Isis
Like the Nazis, ISIS fighters feel justified in killing those who are different. (Desbois)
The Nazis murdered millions of Jews, while ISIS fighters are killing thousands of Christians. During the Holocaust, mass shootings of the Jews in Eastern Europe were watched by entire villages. This is similar to the public shootings and beheadings displayed by the ISIS fighters.