Imagine living through a time where you are persecuted for your religious beliefs, would you be able to practice spiritual resistance? For Jewish people this was a daily dilemma they faced in death camps, ghettos, or in hiding during the Holocaust. This may seem like a difficult decision, but for many brave Jews, all they had left was their faith. Some of the very dedicated and brave made it their mission to record the tragedies of everyday life during the Holocaust. Those same courageous people fought to keep the Jewish faith existing. Spiritual and cultural resistance is important to preserve the history and hope of the Jewish people and document what happened in the Holocaust.
Well, Jehovah’s Witnesses believed that Jesus is God’s only direct creation, and that everything else was created by means of Christ. Every European Country, had people who didn’t believe in Nazi ideology. Hitler didn’t like this group of Christians because they refused to recognized any other god other than Jehovah. They were forced to wear purple wristbands and thousands were imprisoned as traitors. Who were the Roma Gypsies? Well, like the Jews, Roma Gypsies were selected for complete destruction because of their race. The Roma Gypsies were a nomadic people that were prosecuted throughout history. 500,000 Roma Gypsies were destroyed during the Holocaust. What happened to Homosexuals during the Holocaust? Homosexuals were prosecuted, tortured, and executed. Hitler even searched Nazis and he found homosexuals and he sent them to concentration camps. Homosexual Inmates were forced to wear pink triangles, so they could be humiliated inside the camp. 15,000 homosexuals died during the Holocaust. What happened to the disabled? Well, Hitler decided that it was a waste of time to support the disabled, so he sentenced them to death. Let me conclude by recapping my points. I began by telling you how different types of people died during the Holocaust. Then, we looked into what happened to some of the Non-Jewish Victims during the Holocaust. So, everyone remember that the Holocaust was a violent and deadly time
Within Germany, a country torn between the rise of a totalitarian party that determined a superior race, Nazism, and the survival of the oppressed, young Germans face a test between a sense of self and society. Individuality would be suppressed within this new type of society, and being different would be the deadliest obstruction to life. The violations of the rights to life, religion, and speech are relived through the stories of the German youth that lived through this haunting time, whose name would be tarnished in their struggle to survive. In their fight, their morals would be challenged and influenced until the Nazi regime ended, and the violation of human dignity would leave them wondering if life was worth living after all. The Nazi Party grew under its leader, Adolf Hitler, which struggled not to use violence against those that disagreed with their views, starting with armed groups known as the Strum Abteilung, who pledged to be ready to sacrifice their life in the aims of the Nazi Party and absolute loyalty to their leader. Their cruel intolerance began by their strong nationalism and their hatred of democracy and communism, and they gained power through the economic depressions around the world, controlling the media by instilling fear and propaganda that influenced a strong belief in their leaders. This belief in the leaders would soon seem to override Church influence when the official body of the Church failed to do anything significant
Since the start of the Nazi occupation in Europe, Jewish communities and individuals were struggling with survival, and fought for their existence. Many Jews tried to evade or overcome the degrading Nazi decrees, that stripped them of civil and human rights, triggered isolation and denied them a livelihood. The Nazis simply wanted to create a condition in which no human being, particularly Jewish, can live or even exist. For a long time, the Jews’ view on the sanctity of life, a duty to protect one’s life, encouraged them to endure the period of intense pain and suffering. From past experience, the Jews thought that the terrible events of the Nazis would pass, the same as the pogroms. Over a period of centuries, from the Crusades to the
Due to the inhumane methods towards the Jews during the Holocaust, many lost their faith and commitment to Judaism. Jews were appalled that God, who was supposed to be their savior, abandoned them in a time where they needed him the most. Although many Jews kept their faith and did not question God’s mysterious ways, many did not have the same outlook. People assume that hard times strengthen people’s faith, but that was not always the case. During great tragedy's, people’s faith may disintegrate and become completely absent from their minds. Many prisoners including Elie Wiesel could not accept God’s silence and rebelled against their religious upbringing during the Holocaust.
Many are times nurses that the efforts of nurses’ medical interventions have been rejected by the patient owing to their religious beliefs. As such this paper details out the dilemma, the nurses faces while taking care of Jehovah Witness patients and the actions they take to treat the patient without violating their rights.
Many groups of people were persecuted during the events of World War II. Jews, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and homosexuals were some of the many victims of cruel and unfair oppression. With no intentions to heil to the Nazis and their ruler, these groups, including numerous others, were imprisoned in concentration camps and punished for their religions, beliefs, and ways of life. Some fell victim to merciless Nazi persecution, while others were murdered almost instantaneously. Many died as prisoners of harsh concentration camps. Upon entering these camps, captives were stripped of their identity and forced into a life of brutal confinement. Jews and gypsies were the main targets of Nazi oppression, but other groups, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses and homosexuals, still died in concentration camps from sicknesses and abusive treatment.
When someone mentions the Holocaust, the image that come to the minds of most people is that of the starving Jews in concentration camps. Most people automatically think of the horrors that the Jews went through, while some may even wonder how something as horrible as the Holocaust could have been done. Not many people stop to think about how the Jews resisted. Jews resisted in small acts almost every day. Whether it was something as small as praying or as large as blowing up a supply train, Jews were able to block the Nazis from completely wiping out the Jewish culture. One particular group of Jews who resisted were the partisans. The partisans were armed groups formed to fight secretly against an occupying force. The Partisans resisted Nazi
Many studies about Jehovah Witnesses state that they are the strictest religion out there. They have rules that should be followed or the person ends up condemned. They do not believe in other religions whatsoever, in any shape or form. Jehovah Witnesses God’s name to them is Jehovah. The sociological concepts discussed will be social class and norms, a function and a dysfunction of Jehovah Witness religion, a symbolic ritual, and an aspect of this religion that entails conflict.
The holocaust had a major effect on Judaism as a whole. This conflict between tragedy and faith is not new. Jewish history shows us that the jewish people have undergone the most terrible persecutions and genocide at the hands of many oppressors. Whether it be about the pogroms, crusades, destruction of the Temples, the jewish people have been at the brunt of the most terrible atrocities, and yet this does not shake their faith,Anti-Semitism was nothing new. This became even more evident with the unmasking of the holocaust.The philosophical question of “Shall the Judge of the earth not do justice?” applies just as much to the seemingly useless suffering of an individual as to that of six million individuals. If it could be dealt with on an individual basis before the Holocaust, why couldn 't it be dealt with in the same way afterwards? The difference is one of quantity, but the quality of the question remains the same.
During the Holocaust the Jewish Councils, or Die Judenrat, was created by Reinhard Heydrich on September 21, 1939. The Jewish Councils were, “responsible for the implementation of German policy regarding the Jews and would be made up of influential people and rabbis.” Looking back, was the Jewish Council able to do more than they did to save Jews? Why did the Jewish Councils make the choices they did; and did their actions help or hurt the Jews? Dan Diner suggests that the Jewish Councils exhibited a large array of "defiant responses". These acts of resistance varied, "from open refusal to deliver up Jews... with death for those responsible- to suicides."(Diner Page 167) This strategy of "rescue through labor" seemed at the early onset of
The Jehovah Witnesses beliefs contrast very heavily from that of Protestant, Catholic, along with other secs of Christianity. In this paper the start of the Religion, the differences, and founding fathers of the religion will be touched on and gone over.
Did you know the Jehovah’s Witnesses were targeted by the Nazi’s? Well if you didn’t if you keep reading you’ll find out. By April 1st, 1935, the Reich and Prussian Minister of the Interior ordered the responsible local officials to dissolve the Watch Tower Society. A special unit of Gestapo, secret state police, compiled a registry of all persons believed to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. Before the Nazis came to power, individual groups of local Nazis, Party functionaries or SA men, acting outside the law, broke up Bible study meetings and assaulted individual Witnesses. Jehovah’s children also suffered the Nazi regime, teachers ridiculed children who refused to give the Heil Hitler salute, or even songs.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are a people known widely throughout the world. They are well-dressed people who come knocking at your door on different occasions offering religious literature for sale or trying to introduce their beliefs through carefully prepared conversation. People young, old, rich, poor, well educated and non-educated have embraced them. Their enthusiasm as proclaimers of God’s Kingdom has impressed even their harshest critics. Their love toward one another makes some non-witnesses hope and pray that more people would act in that manner. Yet, some may still wonder, who really are the Jehovah’s Witnesses? What is their history, their practices and their beliefs? Why are they the most attacked new religious
From the time Adolf Hitler came into office in 1933, up to the time when Germany surrendered to the Allied forces and Hitler committed suicide in 1945; the future for Germany became strongly invested in the hands of the younger generations. The Hitler Youth was a paramilitary organization formed in 1926. It gave kids excitement, adventure and new heroes to idolize. Hitler admired young kids drive, energy and strong love for Germany. He recognized these qualities and made it part of his plan to control the future world but the real question is why did Adolf Hitler pick children for his future? The education and the lack of schooling in independent thinking that instilled the ideology that brainwashed the Hitler- Jugend and eventually led