Burning Hope: Survivors of the Jewish Holocaust

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Those who survived are here to tell the tragic and devastating history of their lives. The survivors have shared brutal but yet realistic stories from each of their experiences before, during, and after the Holocaust. History shall never repeat itself in the manner of racism, murder, and fear of our leaders. The burning hope of those who were involved still generates an enormous sadness upon the many who have heard the horror of the Holocaust. There was a sense of peace and prosperity among those established in the European area. Their lives were comparable to the life of the average American today. There were religious, speech, and physical freedoms still available to those who wanted them. Children laughed, families were united, and…show more content…
Upon arrival at a concentration camp, victims did not realized what these “camps” consisted of. Some say that they didn’t exist. Others knew exactly what occurred at these camps from gossip or friends that had escaped. Uniforms were issued to each individual according to the crime they had committed. A yellow triangle placed on the uniform displayed that you were Jewish. Pink triangles displayed homosexuality. Triangles with a brown tint exhibited gypsies. Red triangles paraded communism. Triangles that were green displayed that a prisoner was a criminal. A double lined electric barbed fence surrounded all camps in Europe. Snipers then sat in stands to view the camp from above. At night they would use spotlights to guard the surroundings. Scattered around the grounds would be about a dozen soldiers marching the premises looking and scavenging around for mishap. It was as if the people within the camp were animals, restrained and punished when committing a wrongdoing. “When someone would disobey or not listen to a guard, we would be forced to strip down to the nude and roll around in hot coals until the body bled from everywhere. Once this was complete, you either died from infection or suffered severe burns.” (David 91). Seven million were forced to work at a concentration camp during the Holocaust. This boosted the economy because this was unpaid labor. Concentration camps existed because the Nazis couldn’t just exterminate all Jews or
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