Ele Wiesel Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

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January 30, 1933 forever marks the beginning of the Holocaust, one of the most horrifying and cruel events in the history of the world. It was the mass genocide of millions of innocent jews, gays, Jehovah Witnesses, gypsies, and countless others. After the Holocaust, it is clear to society that we, as people, cannot stand by and watch as other human beings suffer from cruel acts in which they have no ability to defend themselves. In modern day, it seems as though ethnic cleansing is becoming less common, however, there are still many instances of it occurring around the world. In fact, the country of Myanmar is currently attempting to deprive its Rohingya citizens of their basic rights and exterminate them from the population.
There were many things to be learned from the Holocaust, one of the most important including apathy toward discrimination and ethnic cleansing. In Elie Wiesel’s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech about his experienced imprisonment in concentration camps, he explained that people “must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented”. According to Wiesel, someone who stands by and does nothing while another person suffers is just as guilty as the offender. Additionally, he states in his speech The Perils of Indifference that, “Indifference reduces the other to an abstraction”. A lack of compassion toward the victims of cruel treatment shows that they are of no concern. Prisoners

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