HON 20th Century American History
15 April, 2013
1. The Holocaust unit we learned about in class has impacted my life in many ways. It has changed a lot of my opinions on a variety of different topics and made me realize how horrific the Holocaust actually was. It was not until after the lesson was complete that I totally grasped the severity of the events that took place at the German hand. I was shocked and appalled by the actions and crime I heard about during this dark time in history. I have been enlightened to new things I never thought possible for human beings to do. This lesson is one I will carry with me for the rest of my life.Before we started the lesson on the Holocaust, my prior knowledge was extremely limited. I had heard about the Holocaust before but I had never seen firsthand the horrors that happened during it. The movies we watched in class impacted me the most. It is one thing to simply talk about actions that were done, but to see them take place, even if it is by actor portrayal, is deplorable. Never have I been more ashamed to be German. I was not even born in Germany, nor either of my parents, but I still felt as if I was partially responsible for the disgusting events that took place. I have newfound respect for all of those lucky, if that’s even the correct word, individuals who survived. How they were able to keep living after witnessing those disgraceful things is truly a miracle. Not only were these people brave in the face of indescribable fear but they have taught me many valuable lessons.There are many words that I think I know hear on an almost daily basis. Persecution, bigotry, and discrimination are three among the thousands. After the lesson on the Holocaust I realized I knew absolutely nothing about what these words actually mean. Every day on the news we see instances of discrimination in small, seemingly harmless acts but I now see that if these acts go unchecked that a...