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THE HOLOCAUST: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE The Holocaust: A Jewish perspective Introduction The Holocaust in its entirety was a tragedy in the history of humankind. It affected everyone who appeared different: Jews, homosexuals, drifters, Jehovah’s Witness and incapacitated people. Prisoners were forced to watch their relatives being executed then made to bury them. Life in the concentration camps was unbearable and certainly not humane. Parents were undressed in front of their children and shot after being humiliated and mocked. No amount of pleading would change the hearts of the tormentors and none would dare since they had sworn allegiance to Hitler. As is human instinct for survival, prisoners had to do as commanded to remain alive. They endured harsh weather conditions, meagre meals, diseases and squalid living conditions. Thoughts of vengeance and defiance crossed their minds but they (prisoners) were greatly outnumbered, physically drained and spirits weakened. The world ought to appreciate the complexities of choices the Holocaust victims had to make and be kind in their judgement. The greatest lesson is that evil is in every one of us and can be harnessed by continuous provocation. Political ideologies with neo Nazism predispositions should be quashed before they gain root in the hearts of men once again. Life of a Jew in German (1933-1947) In his book, Martin Gilbert says the Jews were considered to be enemies and a threat that deserved to be eliminated. He wrote, “… an enemy and a threat to be converted and so be ‘saved’, or to be killed; to be expelled, or to be put to death with sword and fire”. [Mar14]. When the holocaust took place, Germany was under the Rule of the Nazi Party led by Adolf Hitler as their Prime Minister or Chancellor. During this time, civil liberties became a privilege more so to anyone who was against the Nazi beliefs. This was specially aimed at the Jews who were in the literal sense hunted down and confined in concentration camps. That was the sad state of affairs
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THE HOLOCAUST: A JEWISH PERSPECTIVE for any Jew during this time and it only got worse when Hitler became the ‘Fuhrer’ or the leader of Germany. The Jewish purge did not take place in Germany only but that was the beginning as the Germans spread their influence to other European countries allied to them. Jews had been displaced from most of Europe and where they existed, they were to remain isolated. They lived in constant fear of arrest and detention over trumped up charges and just for being different. They were accused of using the blood (‘blood libel’) of Christian children to use in the baking of the Passover bread. Jews were attacked wherever they were in the streets and in private life by other groups besides the military to show allegiance and support to the Nazi. At one time, Hitler assured his supporters in a political gathering that he would lead his people from the rule of the Jews. He urged the world to unite against the Semites.[Mar14]
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