The Holocaust : Extreme Evil

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Rebecca Beechhold
Kathryn Edelstein
Honors English 10
22 September 2015
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The Holocaust revealed the extreme evil in human nature on both a grand and small scale. Hitler, a strong supporter of antisemitism, had an agenda to create a dominant Aryan race and would stop at nothing to diminish the Jewish population. This meant forcing innocent Jewish people into death and labor camps, where conditions were brutal and treatment was atrociously inhumane. Overtime, this grand scale oppression sparked anger and violence within the victims. Instead of supporting one another in times of trouble, they began to commit senseless acts of violence towards one another in response to the cruelty they faced. Survival became their highest value, at any cost. Elie Wiesel witnesses this first hand on many accounts and spends his life striving to educate the world about the horrors of the Holocaust. In his Holocaust memoir, Night, he uses the motifs: night, silence, and flames, to develop the idea that evil is part of human nature. The motif flames symbolizes suffering and death of innocent people out evil and intolerance within human nature. The Nazis senselessly follow orders to burn millions of people, sentencing them to their death. Wiesel notices their ability to commit heinous crimes as a sign that there is evil within everyone. As the train full of Jews approach Auschwitz, Mrs. Schächter has a vision of fire and flames, “ 'Jews, look! Look through the window! Flames! Look (36)!
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