Hearing about the Holocaust from the perspective of a victim helps put a face to the numbers. It’s easy to say “6 million Jews were killed,” and not actually take the time to consider how they were each unique individuals, just regular people. I respect the speaker for having the courage to relive these experiences in detail. It is important for people to be educated on the Holocaust if we are to avoid something similar. I cannot imagine the joy of finally being liberated, which must have been in stark contrast to the horrors that had been witnessed on a daily basis. The message at the end is very poignant: People should be respected equally, regardless of race, nationality, or religion.
I feel the same way, reading up about the stories does not have as much as much as an effect on me like this video has. Hearing his experiences captivated me more than a text from a book ever could because like Nick said he put a face to the numbers. Hearing about all the little things like climbing over a fence to get potatoes because they were starving or how they were being transported by cattle cars to go else where but every time he was else where it was worse than where he was before left a long lasting impression. It was almost more real for me hearing his stories through him because you got to see that he was just like any average guy. But because of his race he had to go through a way more tragic life than the average person and for me i think that was the most impacting part.
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