“Motivations of the People” 05/09/12 “The history of the Holocaust has no happy ending, no uplifting message of redemption. It leaves us only with human beings, with their startling capacities for good and evil, and with an awareness of the complex ties that connect victims, perpetrators, and bystanders in Nazi barbarity.” The holocaust left little for direct interpretation. Neighbors became enemies, best friends became denouncers, and anyone who had something to gain was willing to give up the people they were, to be the people that survived the war. Though not everyone was willing to place their hand on the trigger itself, the actions that proceeded might as well have been one in the same. There was a choice, there is always a choice.
They had been through such a terrible experience and others did nothing to help them! Elie states, “the Pentagon knew, the State Department knew. And the illustrious occupant of the White House then, who was a great leader...”. This makes people all over the world realize that so much could have been done to support and help those effected by the Holocaust. The ethos in Wiesel’s speech is the fact that he is a Holocaust survivor, a successful writer, and an activist.
Wolters believed that Speer only tried to protect his reputation, that he was trying to build himself up systematically & that he was a hypocrite who was far from apolitical. Dan van der Vat further supports Wolters, and says “the only reason Speer escaped the death penalty was because he was a good liar”. Matthias Schmidt, author of ‘The end of a Myth’, believed that Speer had the motive to become a great historical figure, and attempted to do so by gaining power in the Nazi party I agree with Wolters, Dan van der Vat and Matthias Schmidt, with saying Speer was only interested in his reputation. That he was a megalomaniac architect who had established what Schmidt said was a “cunning apologia”, and had therefore escaped execution at Nuremburg. Although, due to Gitta Serenys studies, we can sympathize.
He made it his mission, as the older brother, to protect Jake from things. His brother took advantage of that by doing quite nefarious things and making his older brother cover up for him. It would've been fine if it were just simple things but as time passed by, the things that Jake did got more foolish and more dangerous. It was also because of his brother's foolishness that Arthur married the girl that he loved. At first glance, it may be a joyous occasion but it is anything but that.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt used freedom symbols such as the bald eagle and used kind words such as "friend" or "my fellow..." to get people to support his ideas. Hitler and his Nazi party used the swastika and other militaristic symbols and used strong words in his speeches. Hitler and Roosevelt had a number of similarities and differences. Most notably, they came into power in the same month and solved the crisis of depression which was causing many social and political issues in both Germany and the USA. They also both hated Communism and Democracy, while Roosevelt was accused of founding a dictatorship.
The ‘final solution’ of genocide was introduced at the Wannsee Conference of 1942. (Nichols, 2008). Most Historians divide into two schools when interpreting the Holocaust; the intentionalists and structualists. The intentionalists believe that Hitler’s intentions were clearly set out in Mein Kampf, early in his career, and when he came to power he and the Nazi party followed a step-by–step path to fulfilling these plans. Historians, Bracher and Jackel believed the holocaust was a completely intentional act, as Wyman states: “Intentionalism anchored Nazi behaviour in Hitler’s and his cohorts' deeply felt anti-Semitism, which they had formulated well before their ascent to power; once in power, they had put into practice what their intention had been all along.” (Wyman, p.419, 1996) Intentionalists argue everything in the Nazi period, was a deliberate move towards Hitler’s ultimate goals.
Happy has lived in the shadow of Biff his whole life, he feels that to get the attention he deserves he must strive to be more successful than his brother. When Willy was talking about Biff, Happy kept hinting that he was losing weight, but Willy seems to ignore him. “He is a marked-down version of his father, with not even a grand dream to cover his grossness. His only redeeming aspect is an easy-going fondness for his family” (Koon pg.37). Happy shows
The concentration camps of Germany withheld unthinkable and inhumane acts towards Jews including deathly experiments. Genocide is the last step in a continuum of actions taken by those who are prejudiced. It is what cost millions their lives and their futures. I feel that learning more about the Holocaust at this museum is essential and I greatly benefited from the trip. It encourages evaluations of moral and ethical standards and our responsibilities as citizens.
Mr Birling is a married man who is very important and confident who likes to lecture his children. Mr Birling is the owner of a successful factory. He realises that when his daughter gets married to Gerald it is going to do a lot of good to his business. He does not pay his employees very much and will refuse to pay them anymore. Mr Birling is a very selfish man who ‘has to make his way’ and doesn’t think of anyone but himself and his family; he thinks the community is stupid.
“Hitler’s concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and United States history… and often praised to his inner circle the efficiency of America’s extermination – by starvation and uneven combat – of the red savages who could not be tamed by captivity.” The term “Final solution” was not coined by the Nazis. It was General of the US Army William Tecumseh Sherman, who plotted out the panned murder to take care of the “Indian problem.” Over 100