Professor Lisa Lykins
September 26, 2012
“How Do You Kill 11 Million People?”
How do you kill eleven million people and get away with it? It is a question that certainly needs to be thought about and answered. My favorite period in history is the World War II era. My thinking was really changed when I read the book “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?” As the author stated so vividly, “you begin with a lie” (Andrews). This book began by questioning the history that I had learned about the Holocaust, this then caused me to re-evaluate what I had seen in movies and ultimately my own personal eyewitness experiences. In the following paragraphs, I am going to describe my personal experiences at Dachau, Buchenwald, and Corrie Ten Booms residence which was used to hide the Jews, as well as explain how the following research has changed everything that I had always believed. Sir Winston Churchill said these famous words: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The general public’s perception was that the Jews were forced into concentration camps during the early part of World War II however, this is not correct. “Actually the Nazis normally came to cities and towns and told the Jews that there were threats against them. These Nazis normally did not come in uniform or possess weapons. The Nazis convinced the Jews to allow them to put up barbed wire around them in order to protect them from outside threats. The Jews were convinced that the Nazis were their saviors and actually had their best interest at heart. The Nazis returned again and told the Jewish people there were more threats and tighter security was needed. Relocation was the best solution. The Jews continued to believe the Nazis were protecting them and boarded trains that were headed to not safer surroundings but to concentration camps.”(Andrews) A great majority of Jews were never heard from again. The townspeople we unaware of what was...