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…show more content…
Wiesel belongs to an upper class family with both of his parents being shopkeepers. His parents are Orthodox Jews, and he spends most of his childhood deeply in his religious studies and practicing his Jewish religion. Although Wiesel is living in Hungary, his town is still taken over by the Germans, and thousands of Jewish people are forced to depart and are sent to Auschwitz in 1944. Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick, is a novel that shares Arn Chorn-Pond’s miraculous survival story during the Cambodian genocide, and how he manages to move to the United States, spreading the events that happened in Cambodia to the world. Arn Chorn-Pond and his five siblings move in with his aunt after his parent’s opera business collapses. This is due to the death of his father and his mother having to move away to Phnom Penh in search of money. In 1975 when Arn Chorn-Pond is only eleven years old, the Khmer Rouge enters the city of Battambang, deporting thousands of Cambodians into the countryside. Elie Wiesel grew up during World War II, witnessing thousands of deaths from battles and randomly harmed civilians in countries all over Europe. Living in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now Romania, Wiesel never would have assumed that he would be one of the randomly harmed civilians, or even worse, a victim of the Holocaust. As the Nazis began to move throughout Europe near his town of Sighet, Wiesel hears from his close friend
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