Suffering Of A Jewish Person During The Holocaust

978 WordsApr 25, 20164 Pages
“We had forgotten everything- death, fatigue, our natural needs. Stronger than cold or hunger, stronger than the shots and the desire to die… We were the only men on Earth.” These powerful words of Elie Wiesel were used to recount the suffering of a Jewish person during the Holocaust. Similar accounts abound throughout the story of the Holocaust, which is arguably the most widely known genocide in history. The Holocaust was the mass murder of more than six million European Jews (along with gypsies and other people deemed “undesirable”) in concentration camps by the German Nazis from 1941-1945. It is a narrative of a human injustice at the hands of a government, but it is also one of resilience and the refusal to be silenced. Historians have pieced together the story of the Holocaust predominantly from the perspectives of its victims because their firsthand accounts of the event provide a new point of view that contributes in narrating its story. Through the eyes of the victims, we catch a glimpse of what it’s like to be denied basic human dignities, to be forced to abandon all that you previously knew to get away from those who intend to kill you, and to feel helpless as the circumstances you’re under tear your family apart. Prior to and during the Holocaust, prejudices that Europeans (particularly Germans) had against Jews led their leaders to enact and enforce laws that segregated Jews and stripped them of their rights. To illustrate, the Dutch government, under the
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