The morning of September 1, was a memorable one. After many tension filled days came the announcement over the radio that Germany had attacked Poland with an overwhelming military force. The Polish army with its cavalry turned out to be no match for the German armored divisions, which were advancing rapidly. We experienced a slight ray of hope when on September 3 England and then France declared war on Germany.
Indeed, for many years following the end of World War II, survivors were extremely hesitant to speak of their personal experiences. They focused instead on rebuilding their lives. Following Adolf Eichmann's trial in the s, Holocaust survivors finally began to speak and write about their traumatic ordeals.
For each survivor, the act of recounting the Holocaust experience is a personal struggle. Many share their painful memories in an effort to understand or accept the Holocaust with the urgent hope that such a dark age of human history will never be repeated.
The content of a written survivor memoir, whether presented as fact or transformed into fiction, is often harrowing and gruesome. Still, biographies and personal narratives can help to personalize historical events and establish real faces in the overwhelming sea of facts and statistics.
Elie Wiesel has been credited as the first to break the nearly twenty years of silence with his remarkable semi-fictionalized memoir, Night, a work inextricably associated with Holocaust literature.
Night by Elie Wiesel This highly regarded novel tells of Wiesel's teenage experiences at various Nazi camps.
At Auschwitz, Elie and his father were separated forever from his mother and sister. Young Elie struggled to maintain his religious faith in the face of Nazi brutality.
He finally despairs of both God and humanity, yet juxtaposed against the atrocities is the story of his enduring relationship with his father.
This emotional, imaginative, and thought-provoking memoir deals with the issues of survival, loss, death, and faith.
It is recommended for high school students. Never shall I forget that night, that first night in the camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky.
Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget that nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust.
Never shall I forget those things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. While he relates events of World War II, his primary focus is on the relationship between the Holocaust and the founding of the State of Israel.
Wiesel deals plainly with the paradoxes that confronted Jews around the world after the Holocaust. The creation of Israel, he notes, served as a consolation to all of humankind, not to Jews alone, for the atrocities of the Holocaust. His theme is the affirmation of life and faith following such an abominable tragedy.
Recommended for high school students. Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy by Viktor Frankl Viktor Frankl's book recounts his personal struggle to survive in the Auschwitz concentration camp. In discussing "logotherapy," a version of psychotherapy he developed to cope with extreme conditions designed to humiliate, dehumanize and eventually destroy, Frankl offers worthwhile advice and instruction to those who seek meaning in life.
Moreover, Frankl refutes the notion that people today are mere robots, fully conditioned in their behavior. Whether men behave as beasts or as saints, states Frankl, "depends on decisions, but not on conditions. Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi Primo Levi was a young Italian chemist, only twenty-four, when he was captured by the Nazis in [Special Note for readers who are reading this page from an electronic translation in your native language.
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The Business of War. By Wade Frazier. Revised July Introduction. The Business of War. The "Good War" Brown Shirts in America. A Brief History of Western Anti-Semitism and the Holy War Mentality. While women’s experiences during the Holocaust were not entirely different from those of men, it would be false and misleading to assert that they were identical.
There were many instances in which an individual’s ordeal was shaped by his or her gender and it is only by understanding what was unique to women—and what was unique to men—that we can provide a complete account of what occurred. African spirituality is the essences of the divine connection African people (pan-African) have as a diverse group.
It is just as varied from Ethiopia to South Africa, as it is varied from Sudan to outside Africa in India. Hitler, the War, and the Pope [Ronald J. Rychlak] on ph-vs.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.
Was Pope Pius XII a Nazi Sympathizer? For almost 50 years, a controversy has raged about Pope Pius XII.
Was the Pope who had shepherded the Church through World War II a Nazi sympathizer? Was he. Professor emerita recounts Holocaust experience. By Megan Bird - “Only the Jewish prisoners could be put into the ovens without any questions,” Cernyak-Spatz explained frankly.
She continues to lecture on her experience during the Holocaust and has even gone back with her children and husband to visit the concentration camps.