Auschwitz Concentration Camp Analysis

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As I listened to the old man standing before me talk about how he survived roll call by hiding in the large cement block we were sitting on, I began to wonder what this block was actually used for. The hundreds of holes in the top of it only added to its mystery. It was only after Martin Baranek was asked that he told us it was the barracks equivalent of a toilet. Martin, or Marty as we called him, described to us how he was so thin and small he could actually fit through one of the one and a half foot wide holes to hide himself when it came time for roll call. Marty, a detainee in the Lodz Ghetto and a prisoner in Auschwitz Concentration Camp, went with me on The March of the Living last spring. This two week trip takes teens from all over the world to the camps of Poland, to witness first hand what horrors took place there. For me, Marty is a living testament to how the madness of one man almost erased a population, and how if it weren’t for the bravery and courage of a few, the world would have lost an entire generation of life and culture. Remembering the Holocaust is something that cannot be looked on as a chore. Instead, it must be seen as an obligation to all of humanity. Simple mathematics tell us the survivors…show more content…
Right now genocide is occurring throughout the world. There is ethnic cleansing in Africa, persecution in the Middle East, and discrimination in all parts of the world. In the Darfur region of Sudan, more than 400,000 people have been murdered and 2 million have been displaced for fear of being killed. In countries such as Afghanistan and Iran women continue to be the victims of honor killings. The lessons of the Holocaust teach us that we must be tolerant of each other and respect our differences. We must learn to live and work together to ensure the survival of mankind. To do this, we have to come together and say in a unified voice that we will not allow targeted killing of our fellow
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