Poop smothered as if it was normal to be around ,sweat dripping from every single “creature” ,a soul leaving a body ,an astonishing loud scream of hope in every eye. Stage one was in bold letters,it had a red tint to it. It catched my eye but the color meant nothing to me the picture that was below it had more meaning than anything else.I flipped the page and there was Stage Two. Cows being beaten by their master, pushed into packs,wishing they could run into the wilderness.They weren’t cows. They were humans. 400 of them to be exact piled in a train box for 72 hours. I was startled to see all of this going on only for one reason and one reason only humans aren’t cows. We have rights. We came into this world to make a difference not to have a master. To be able to sleep in comfortable beds not be shared with 400 other roommates. To be able to eat 3 meals a day not a piece of bread. Cows are exactly how they were being treated like. I turned the page. Stage three. Barbed wire every corner,blue and gray uniforms with star of david printed on the left side, moms being torn aways from their beloved children,soldiers branding each person that entered. So many things going on at once it was hard to catch the gist or what was going on because each action being taken was special. Special as it will never be forgotten because the image was appalling. Till this day the imaged is still pasted in to my mind as if I would’ve seen it 2 minutes ago. Sadly that wasn’t the end. Stage three to be continued. Bones were everywhere. Sticking out of each persons bare skin as if by touch they would burst into sand. Now that is what starvation really is. Each person was tortured. They were each given one piece of bread a day. Not only was starvation the only sickness going around tuberculosis,AIDS,stomach flu,etc. No one had energy to move. Even though they all lived an appalling life I noticed that there eyes was something that never changed; they all had the same spark of hope. They all knew they were going to die but they didn’t want to be negative. The image spoke to me in a way none of the other image could because the hope they had has been able to carry on throughout the stages. Stage four. Death. Dead is how most of them all ended. Stacked on top of one another as if they were pounds of dust just thrown with not a care in the world. Of course they didn’t just end up dead, they were tricked.Happiness was shown all over the image which was very ironic. They were going into a special chamber to “shower.” They weren’t going to shower. They weren’t going to eat.They weren’t going home. They were going to die in a gas chamber. These gas chambers were used to kill of multiple Jews at once.Fair is something that was not used towards the Jews. They were starved,beaten,branded,shaved,treated like animals just to die in the end. This time in era will never be forgotten. We can’t let it be forgotten.It brought so many deaths more than anyone had ever seen. All these images were part of the unforgettable WW2. “The Germans were the cause of this turmoil ! “ the tour guy exclaimed. The stunning part about was that he wasn’t the only human being that still felt this way. Statistics show that till this day 75 percent of the human race still hold hatred towards the Germans. Where all the Germans bad though? or Is that what we are being told?
World War II was a crucial war in the heart of many people because it consisted of many deaths, hatred, and imperialism. Hitler and his army rose against the Allies to try to take over the world.He knew in order to be successful he needed to demolish his weakness, which were handicap,gays,and Jews.Since the start of the war to the end there was an estimation that approximately 5,709,329 Jews were killed. Because of Hitler most humans conjectured that all Germans were evil. News articles,news reports,radio,etc every single type of media only said the worst about the Germans. For example not to long ago CNN made a report dedicated to Holocaust “ Diseases spread, branded like animals,rarely fed,…etc” Jew survivor Joseph Sher claimed. Not all Germans were corrupt though. There is a side no one has seen of this war because media never let it be saw.
An international story that media allowed to be known till this day is Anne Frank. Her family was helped out by four of her fathers employees. The main one is Meip Gieps. She allowed herself to not be forgotten she wrote her own book called Anne Frank Remembered. In her novel she states “But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room.”(Miep Gies)She knew she had made such a great impact not only the Frank family but to the world by letting this family be able to survive as long as they could. Another one of the four helpers was a man by the name of Victor Kugler. Otto Frank wrote in his biography “During the hiding period Mr. Kugler came to our hiding place just about everyday. He brought newspapers, magazines, and other necessities.” ( Otto Frank) It is certain that Victor Kugler must have gone through some tough obstacles in order for him to be able to do this favor for the Frank family for two years. The third employee was also a women with the name of Bep Voskuijl. He had been working for Otto Frank since 1938. Anne Frank states how she loved it every time Bep came over because she always brought her “flowers, fruit or a celebrity photograph. They also enjoyed discussing the glamorous movies stars of the day.” (The Diary of Anne Frank) Bep made Anne feel like she wasn’t stuck in a building all day and that is the most cherishable thing you can do for a person that feels like they don’t exist; Anne felt this all the time.. All these three employees were heros during WW2 because they made a difference even if it was only with one family. But were they the only heros? There was many other germans who made a difference but they aren’t recognized as much as these three are.
A very important hero who isn’t that recognized for her nice gratitude is Irena Sendler. The article of Irena Sendler states that Miep Gies was not the only valuable german during the war Irena Sendler was also well known, she helped save up to 2,500 Jewish children during WW2 . She accomplished this by “creating an underground organization helping Jews, to smuggle children out of the Warsaw ghetto and to help find foster homes for them. She kept scrupulous records of the children’s actual and false identities” (Jars of Secrets.) She was providing them with false documents and sheltering them in homes outside the ghetto. What helped her out a lot was that she had a special permit to enter the Warsaw Ghetto. She was eventually caught and was terribly tortured by the Germans but still continued to do what was the right thing to do.
A man who also risked his life was Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz he was a member of the German forces during this time period. He created a plan which happened like this “ 1943, in the German occupied Denmark, the Danes find out – thanks to Georg F. Duckwitz, a courageous German maritime attaché – that all 7,500 Danish Jews are about to be rounded up and deported to the Nazi death camps. The Danish people make their own decision: it’s not going to happen.” (Louis Bulow) The plan was successful but it also caused his death. George knew his death was coming but knowing that he still risked his life .
Another great hero during this time period who was actually a soldier of the British army by the name of Charles Coward. His biography states that he “ rescued Jews from Auschwitz and smuggled himself into Auschwitz for one night, subsequently testifying about his experience at the Nuremberg Trials and the IG Farben Trial.”( Motive) Not many soldiers would have the guts to go inside Auschwitz knowing it was the worst concentration camp during that time period. Always these six people are someone you can truly be able to admire or be called heroes. Even though half of them a barely even recognized they still made a difference and someones life causing all germans to not be considered evil.
Teenagers in this century need to be taught both sides of history instead of automatically being bias towards one race. Not only will it help students get a better understanding of the war but it will help them become better people in general. Everything doesn’t have to be about choosing one side you can simply choose no side. It’s not our fault that we always choose a side it’s just the way past generations have been taught to resolve problems. Media plays a big role in this too by choosing to expose the same side instead of trying to expose a different side that the public has never seen. For example I bet not a lot of people even knew about the 6 people I described. Which is not okay because they deserve to be recognized. We as people need to change our mindsets towards the world. Not only will more people be able to be recognized for their incredible actions but we won’t always have the belief that the most heard side of the story is always the right side.