An Understanding And Appreciation Of History

862 WordsApr 29, 20164 Pages
Throughout history there have been groups of people used as the scapegoat, being forced to take the blame for the world’s problems. Such as in Nazi Germany, as the rise of Hitler lead to the discrimination, mass deportation, and eventual genocide of Jews in the Holocaust. Other examples of genocide “the deliberate killing of people who belong to a particular racial, political, or cultural group.” took place in Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia and Darfur (Merriam-Webster). Developing an understanding and appreciation of history allows people who are living in the present, and only focused on planning for the future, to study people and societies of the past in depth. It is important to emphasize teaching history in all levels of school in order to fully grasp how we have grown into a modern society, avoid repetition of past injustices, and provide background information to individuals, groups, and nations to assist in forming identities. The Holocaust, the most known genocide in the world today resulted in the death of over 6 million Jews and millions of other minorities. Firsthand accounts of this tragedy such as through Elie Wiesel’s book Night, provide horrific insight on the atrocities that were committed toward Jews in the deportation process and concentration camps. The book shows how Jews were not just immediately murdered, but they were transitioned into the dehumanization process gradually. First “The Germans arrested the leaders of the Jewish community. From that
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