Holocaust. The History of The History

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The History of the History It is quite evident that that, when reworded, the Auschwitz memorial tablets convey a much different meaning than that of the originals. The former script, “This is the place of martyrdom and death of four million victims murdered in the Nazi genocide,” projects a vague, impersonal message to all those who survived and an insult to those who perished. The original tablet’s use of “victims” fails to recognize the many religious and social groups affected while the use of “murdered” euphemizes the horrific nature of the deaths of innocent people. The newest inscription begins with, “Let this place remain for eternity as a cry of despair and a warning to humanity,” which has a much more dramatic and appropriate tone to
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Unformatted text preview: represent the lives lost. It almost seems to be reaching out, begging the reader to learn about the horrors that took place inside the camp. It lists the types of people and where they were from versus the unemotional victims from the first tablet which instills a sense of the gravity of the Holocaust. Although both stand as representation of the evil that took place behind the walls of Auschwitz, it is the second inscription that truly does justice to not only the memory of those who were lost but also to the memories shared by those who survived....
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2008 for the course RCCORE 100 taught by Professor Greenspan during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.

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