Understanding The Holocaust and Preventing it Happening Again

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Understanding The Holocaust and Preventing it Happening Again

The human tragedy of the Holocaust was the systematic annihilation of millions of Jews by the Nazi regime during World War II. The adversity of this persecution influenced not only the European arena, but also peoples from all over the globe and their ideas.
The impact caused by this ethnic cleansing was enormous. People's lives were drastically changed as they were persecuted and tortured. Families were taken out of their homes and forced to move to distant locations in exile. Their destinations were unknown and their future was also unsettled for they did not know what would await them.
That is exactly what happened to Esther Hautzig, the writer of The Endless Steppe,
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Another book that illustrates the calamity of the Holocaust is Memories of my life in a Polish Village, by T.K. Fluek. In her book, Toby Fluek, a small Jewish girl, describes how her family had to move to a Jewish Ghetto and go into hiding several times to save their lives when World War II began. By the end of the war, only she and her mother had survived. Toby became an artist and presents her story through the use of her own art in paintings and descriptions of them.
It is amazing to hear from the people who have actually survived the Holocaust. It shows us how much we still have to learn about the world and the civilizations and how hard it is to understand the reason why we do such things to our fellow human beings. "By 1945, two out of every three European Jews had been killed and the survivors continued to be oppressed." (Telles 51) In addition, thousands of political and religious dissidents such as communists, socialists, trade unionists, and Jehovah's Witnesses were persecuted for their beliefs and behavior and many of these individuals died as a result of maltreatment.
According to the Preface to the Study of Women and the Holocaust, "every Jew, regardless of gender, was equally a victim in the Holocaust" (Ringelheim 17). Women, men and children were equally threatening to the Nazis. Children were seen as "the next generation of Jews" and, therefore, would have to be banned too. "Jewish women and men experienced unrelieved suffering during the
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