Essay about The Museum of Tolerance

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The Museum of Tolerance



The Museum of Tolerance focuses on two central themes: The history of racism and prejudice in the American experience and the Holocaust- man’s inhumanity to man. The issues of human rights, racism, and responsibility are discussed. The responsibility of each individual person is to speak up in opposition of extermination of another race and stop another Holocaust. World War II and Hitler, the German leader was intent on conquests and war, but he needed a scapegoat to blame and the Jews were headed for genocide. What I found most interesting about a something so terrible was the Resistance Movement and specifically – The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
I went to the museum with a date, but when we came out, all
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Exterminations began in July 1942 with the arrivals of the Warsaw
ghetto (Gutman,1994). The deportation of July-September 1942 reduced the ghetto population from 400,00 to between 50,000 to 60,000 people. When the reports of mass murder in the death camps leaked back to the Warsaw ghetto, a surviving group of young people formed the Z.O.B. (Polish name – Zydowska Organizacja Bojowa), which translates to (Jewish Fighting Organization). The leader was 23 year old Mordecai Anielewicz, who issued a proclamation to the Jews to resist going into the railroad cars. On Monday January 18, 1943, the first shot was fired by Aireh Wilner when the pursuers penetrated a dwelling of members of the Jewish Fighting Organization the vicinity of the OBW on Mila Street. Ghetto fighters fired upon German troops as they tried to round up another group of ghetto inhabitants for deportation. These fighters used a small supply of weapons that were smuggled into the ghetto. After four days, the troops retreated. This small victory was the inspiration to prepare for future resistance. On April 19, 1943, the eve of Passover, the Warsaw ghetto uprising began after German troops and police entered the ghetto to deport surviving inhabitants. Seven hundred and fifty fighter’s fought the Germans. The ghetto fighters were able to hold out a month,…

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