In this article they talk about how the Holocaust began with the Nazi’s feeling that they were racially superior to the others. They targeted people who were racially inferiority, for example “Gypsies, the disabled, and some of the Slavic peoples (Poles, Russians, and others). Other groups were persecuted on political, ideological, and behavioral grounds, among them Communists, Socialists, Jehovah's Witnesses, and homosexuals.” By 1945 the Nazi’s had deported millions of jews to Ghettos or to extermination camps. This was a really interesting article. I really enjoyed it.
The photo I chose shows men in bunks. These bunks were where the men slept. In this photo it is clear that these men are malnourished, it is also clear that they are stacked on top of each other without any room. This photo shows the horrible conditions these people went through both men, women and children. Information shows that they were packed 2 per bunk and slept on straw beds. These men and women only given for a span of a few months unless they were gasses. The way the men, women and children were treated is absolutely repulsive. Seeing this photo and many more makes me really upset that all this happened. I was shocked to see photographs of unimaginable horror. These people were skin and bones.
In the movie The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is taken place during World War II. Throughout the book you follow a young body named Bruno. One day his father who had just gotten promoted to commandant told his family that they would be leaving Berlin. In there new home they were close to a concentration camp which his family didn’t know. Having to leave his friends Bruno was very lonely, so one day he went exploring and he found Shmuel. Shmuel was a jewish boy in the concentration camp, Bruno had developed a good friendship with him and there friendship has a cruel ending. In my opinion I thought this movie was a tragic but amazing movie. From reading the book to watching the movie I had a different response to both. I’ve watched and read many books on the holocaust and this is the first movie I had watched when it isn’t from an adults perspective. Being able to see it from Bruno’s point of view it helps show the innocents.
The book Man Searching for Meaning is about a man Viktor E. Frankl who survived Auschwitz in a concentration camp during World War 1. In this book he is writing and his experiences as a man in the Auschwitz concentration camp. In this book he also speaks about his own psychotherapeutic method. Frankl believes, “that that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose”. Frankl called this theory logotherapy “holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.” Mr. Frankl expresses the different phases they go through while going through this torture. This book also explains the physical and emotional pain these men and women endured. I liked that in the novel it spoke about his experiences, then some of his book was about searching for the meaning.
This article by most read german magazine Bild, wrote an opinion piece about how Germany shouldn’t forget the holocaust.