The World War II Was The Darkest Point Of Human History And Its Most Devastating War

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“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant”-(The 11th Doctor). World War II was the darkest point in human history and its most devastating war, yet not everything that happened as result of the war caused pain and death. WW II started on September 1st 1939 with the German invasion of Poland and ended on August 15 1945 with the surrender of Japanese forces. The opposing sides in the conflict were the Allied Powers: the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, fighting against the Axis Powers: Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan. As a result of the war new weapons,…show more content…
Individuals, Like Irene Opdyke, and Oskar Schindler risked their lives to hide and protect European Jews from the Nazi secret police. Although WWII is known for the terrible pain it caused, extreme acts kindness and heroism took place as well. Ultimately, war is an event that reduces people to their natural state and provides them with an opportunity to act in accordance with their central beliefs and morals, or lack thereof. People who are cruel and selfish at their core, become oppressors during a time of war, willing to commit vile and corrupt actions without remorse. During WWII Irene Opdyke, a Polish a nurse who was forced to work for a Nazi S.S. officer, used her position to save Polish Jews from being sent to concentration camps. She writes in her memoir, In My Hands, about the crimes of the Nazis and her actions to undo them. She recalls a memory of the ghetto across from her workplace where she sees the Nazis executing the Jews and shoot a baby like it was for target practice. Irene describes what she witnessed as “a thing so terrible it acquired a dreadful holiness. It was a miracle of evil” (Document A). The oxymorons “dreadful holiness” and “miracle of evil” imply that the action of killing innocent children was almost inhuman. The words “miracle” and “holiness” have a connotation of something that is heavenly and pure; unlike the words “dreadful” and “evil”, which convey a meaning of pain and suffering. When used together the
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