The Dangers Of Indifference By Elie Wiesel And The Holocaust

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On the 12th of April 1999, Elie Wiesel, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, spoke as a part of the Millennium Lecture series hosted by former President Bill Clinton at the White House. In 1994, Wiesel and his family were forcibly removed from their lives in Hungary and stripped of their humanity. The tragedies of the Nazi regime are inexcusable and the extent to which they lasted can be attributed to one thing: human indifference. This mindset of turning a blind eye in order to avoid responsibility for what is occurring has plagued the world since the beginning. Elie Wiesel, in his speech said, “More dangerous than anger and hatred is indifference. Indifference is not a beginning; it is an end一and it is always the friend of the enemy.” This statement is being continuously proven: in history, in the present, and likely in the future as well unless something is done to eradicate this type of thinking. The most widely known case of the dangers of indifference is the Holocaust. The widespread lack of concern for what had begun to occur in Germany led to the election of a power hungry and corrupt man, who took control of the country and would not let go. Although many around the world were aware of the beliefs of Adolf Hitler, no one chose to do anything until Germany began the invasion of Poland. By this point there were already six concentration camps erected in Germany already sending their intended purpose of eradicating a whole group of people. Why had
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