The Bar Mitzvah is where a Jewish boy turns 13 and turns into a man. This is the time where Yanek can prove to himself that he is a man and he can help take care of his family. That is the belief of Jewish people. It can influence his present because he now understands the problems him and his family go through. He also has more responsibilities as an adult. Like not complaining about doing the dishes or cleaning his room, etc. It makes him realize that he is a mature adult and must start acting like one.
Yanek was just 13 years old in this picture and was sent to the concentration camp. At such a young age Yanek was a mature young man who risked his life and took care of other prisoners. Yanek said, "If we all helped one another. if we could be one another's family now when all our family's have been taken from, us we could be stronger."
This article explains how how the world is full of savagery and shows no petty towards others. That's how Hitler was raised. He was taught that if you were different, you didn't belong in this society. So when Hitler rose to power, he took that belief into his speeches. He made the citizens of Germany agree with what he was taught.
The main character of this book Yanek Gruener was a Jewish boy who had used to be friends with Poles until Adolf Hitler gives his word on the Jews, “I’d heard Hitler, the German fuehrer, give speeches on the radio. Fuehrer meant “leader” in German. It was what the Germans called their president now. Hitler was always talking about the “Jewish menace” and how Germany and the rest of Europe should be “Jew free.” I was a Jew, and I lived in Europe, and I didn’t want to disappear. I loved my house and my city. (3). Shortly after this it claims, But things were changing. At school the polish boys wouldn’t play soccer with me anymore, and no Poles or Germans would buy shoes from my father’s store (8). This shows how anti-semitism can take power over the German men,women, and children.
Martin Luther King once said “ The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.” But what makes it possible for neighbor to turn against neighbor? Do some people just not like one another? Are they forced to dislike people? Is it a cultural thing that makes these types of things happen?
“After the war, many of the people who played their part in the Holocaust said that they had no choice but to follow orders. Yet historians and German prosecutors have failed to find a single case of any person being threatened with death or imprisonment for refusing to take part.” This is a sign that some German citizens are selfish and don't care about others and want to take part of hurting the innocent.
The Nazis used propaganda to make Jews look bad. Which would convince the German citizens that the Jewish didn't belong in Germany. To make German Citizens agree with Nazi policies.
Alan Graz, the author of Prisoner B-3087, “Life is but a river. It has no beginning, no middle, no end. All we are, all we are worth, is what we do while we float upon it — how we treat our fellow man.” Alan Graz made a difference when he decided to write the true story of Yanek Jack Gruener's life during the Holocaust. He admired that Jack survived!
Yanek Jack Gruener, was a Holocaust survivor, who was making a difference by educating students about what he endured during the Holocaust. "we don't tell you these stories to scare you", Jack Gruener said, "In the future, do not let these things happen. You can't let people kill people." Jack knows that just one person can make a difference in the future.
Oskar Schindler was one man who made a difference during the Holocaust. As a Nazi, he risked his life, to hide and feed the Jews. He saved 1,200 Jews because he said it was the right thing to do. He respected human life and gave the Jews a second chance. Oskar wanted to save the jews because "he hated cruelty and intolerance."
Throughout history there have been people who have made a difference. Because of those people changes have been made to make our current life better. Yanek Gruener and Oskar Schindler made a difference during the Holocaust.