A Study Of Fiction Can Teach Society Lessons And Provide Warnings Against Past Mistakes From Happening Again

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The study of fiction can teach society lessons and provide warnings against past mistakes from happening again. Acts of genocide and similar atrocities are devastating and unnecessary acts of hatred in the world. Between the years of 1939 and 1945 was one of the world’s largest acts of hatred against a group of people - the Holocaust. In just the span of six years in Germany, approximately eleven million people were killed, six million of them were Jewish. Thirty years after the end of the Holocaust, from 1975 to 1979, was a similar act of mass murder in Cambodia - the Cambodian Genocide by the rebel communist group, the Khmer Rouge. It is estimated that between these four years, approximately four million Cambodians were killed, leaving Cambodia in a state of despair, and many children without their families. Elie Wiesel, author of Night, speaks out against the actions of the Holocaust in his narrative, exclaiming the abominations the Germans have committed under Hitler’s rule, and the tribulations he went through in order to survive such a terrible ordeal. Similarly, in Patricia McCormick’s novel, Never Fall Down, she speaks of the miraculous survival story of Arn Chorn-Pond and how music saved his life. Night, a memoir told as a novella, shares the story of Elie Wiesel explaining his journey through the pains and tribulations he endures during the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel, born on September 30, 1928, is only fifteen years old when the Germans enter the town that they are…
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