Silence During The Holocaust

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Throughout the extensive reign of Hitler, there were many types of people, almost separated as books are separated in genres. Some included of the vocally defiant Germans, the captive Jews, the individuals and families in hiding, and the silent ones who did not speak out for what they believed in, whether it was for or against the actions of the Nazis. These passive individuals were not immediately affected by the policies set in place for the Jews and such groups. This is shown in the poem “First They Came,” in the stanza “When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew” (Holocaust Encyclopedia). This shows that certain people really perceived the instances that were transpiring as not affecting themselves or their family directly, yet it exemplifies the cowardice that some had experienced themselves…show more content…
This can be shown using the diary of a young girl named Anne Frank who went into hiding with the intention of hiding out the war. She wrote “We’re afraid that when the Germans retreat, they’ll take the entire population with them” (Frank, ___). This demonstrates that the main reason behind silence is fear. Fear, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is “to be afraid or apprehensive” (Merriam-Webster). This is acceptable within this time period, there was fear ringing through every possible corner of the countries involved, fear of captivity, fear of dying, fear of disease, and numerous other factors. Combined, you may see a whole population who remains silent and anxious of what may occur in the future, scared to say anything or commit actions that may be considered inappropriate to the Nazis. Although these horrible measures were taken during this war, there was a yet a group of defiant heros who spoke for what they believed is true and spoke with the intention of liberation and freedom for all, no matter color, race, ethnicity, or religion and these people are the reason the world is as it is
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