Heroes of the Holocaust Essay

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The Holocaust in Europe all began in 1940. Adolf Hitler blamed the Jews for every problem Germany was experiencing at the time. Death camps were set up to exterminate them all and leave behind the perfect Ayrian race. Despite all the hatred toward the Jews there were still many people who did not believe in this sort of treatment. Raoul Wallenberg and Hans and Sophie Scholl were three of these good, moral souls who tried to help the Jewish people. Raoul Wallenberg was seen as a hero in eyes of all the Jews he saved. To begin, Wallenberg rescued many women at the Danube River from being shot by Nazis. With much confidence and aggressiveness he got out of his car, marched up to the officers, and demanded the women be let go. He told the officers that he was with the Swedish government and the women were under his control because they too were Swedish. The officers eventually surrendered and freed the women. Secondly, Raoul helped Jews survive the harsh death marches. He would walk among the marching Jews and hand out food, medicine, and clothes to keep the warm in the freezing rain. All together he saved about 15,000 men and 1,500 women on those marches. Lastly, Raoul tricked the officers with phony Swedish passports. He would give a few women on the death marches a fake passport and write down their names. He would then take his list of names and insisted they release the women. The officers, after seeing the passports, had no choice but to let all those women go. Raoul Wallenberg risked his life many times to save the lives of thousands of Jews. Hans and Sophie Scholl showed courage in fighting against Hitler. For example, both Hans and Sophie revolted the Hitler Youth group. The organization started out like the American Scouts but quickly changed to a Nazi party. Hans and Sophie dropped out of the group and began to speak out against it. In 1988 Hans was sent

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