Critical Speech In Perils Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel

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Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel in his critical speech, ”Perils of Indifference,” maintains the idea that indifference is inhumane. He supports his claim by using his personal experience in the Holocaust. Additionally, it states in paragraph 9 that “They were dead and did not know it.” emphasizes how indifference has made the “Muselmann” completely unaware of their fate. Further, it states in paragraph 8 that “Indifference can be tempting… troublesome… and can make our lives meaningless.” Wiesel’s purpose is to warn the people that change is needed in order to encourage the people to make a change in the world for the better so something as tragic and devastating like the Holocaust never happens again. He establishes a critical tone for readers by using stylistic devices and rhetorical devices such as imagery, contemplative questions,and word choice in order to achieve his message that indifference is inhumane. Wiesel’s message about the inhumanity of indifference and the importance of resistance is still relevant today. Unfortunately, although Elie Wiesel and much of the world hoped nothing like the Holocaust would ever happen again, there have been other cases of genocide later after the Holocaust. For example, in the year 1991, the “The Bosnian War and Srebrenica Genocide” took place (“The Bosnian War”). In 1991, “Yugoslavia began to break up along ethnic lines,” causing a surge of ethnic groups trying to seize the power in government (“The Bosnian War”). When the republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared their independence in 1992 the region quickly became the center of the fighting. In the article “The Bosnian War and Srebrenica Genocide” the “Serbs” were a group who rapidly rose to power by taking up “90 percent” of the military, and by also oppressing any other ethnic group that to them “posed a threat to their rights” In addition the article “The Bosnian War and Srebrenica Genocide” it states that the height of the killing took place in July 1995. When 8,000 Bosniaks were killed in what became known as the Srebrenica genocide, the largest massacre in Europe.” Despite, all the mass killings, most of the world
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