German-occupied EuropeConcentration and extermination camps, and ghettos. Territories of the Axis Powers are in olive green. The logistics of the mass murder turned the country into what Michael Berenbaum called "a genocidal state". Bureaucrats identified who was a Jew, confiscated property, and scheduled trains that deported Jews.
In the summer ofas a teenager in Hungary, Elie Wiesel, along with his father, mother and sisters, were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz extermination camp in occupied Poland.
Upon arrival there, Wiesel and his father were selected by SS Dr. Josef Mengele for slave labor and wound up at the nearby Buna rubber factory.
Daily life included starvation rations of soup and bread, brutal discipline, and a constant struggle against overwhelming despair. At one point, young Wiesel received 25 lashes of the whip for a minor infraction.
In Januaryas the Russian Army drew near, Wiesel and his father were hurriedly evacuated from Auschwitz by a forced march to Gleiwitz and then via an open train car to Buchenwald in Germany, where his father, mother, and a younger sister eventually died.
Wiesel was liberated by American troops in April After the war, he moved to Paris and became a journalist then later settled in New York.
He has received numerous awards and honors including the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Wiesel has written over 40 books including Night, a harrowing chronicle of his Holocaust experience, first published in At the White House lecture, Wiesel was introduced by Hillary Clinton who stated, "It was more than a year ago that I asked Elie if he would be willing to participate in these Millennium Lectures I never could have imagined that when the time finally came for him to stand in this spot and to reflect on the past century and the future to come, that we would be seeing children in Kosovo crowded into trains, separated from families, separated from their homes, robbed of their childhoods, their memories, their humanity.
Clinton, members of Congress, Ambassador Holbrooke, Excellencies, friends: Fifty-four years ago to the day, a young Jewish boy from a small town in the Carpathian Mountains woke up, not far from Goethe's beloved Weimar, in a place of eternal infamy called Buchenwald.
He was finally free, but there was no joy in his heart. He thought there never would be again. Liberated a day earlier by American soldiers, he remembers their rage at what they saw.
And even if he lives to be a very old man, he will always be grateful to them for that rage, and also for their compassion.
Though he did not understand their language, their eyes told him what he needed to know -- that they, too, would remember, and bear witness. And now, I stand before you, Mr. President -- Commander-in-Chief of the army that freed me, and tens of thousands of others -- and I am filled with a profound and abiding gratitude to the American people.
Gratitude is a word that I cherish. Gratitude is what defines the humanity of the human being. And I am grateful to you, Hillary -- or Mrs. Clinton -- for what you said, and for what you are doing for children in the world, for the homeless, for the victims of injustice, the victims of destiny and society.
And I thank all of you for being here. We are on the threshold of a new century, a new millennium. What will the legacy of this vanishing century be? How will it be remembered in the new millennium? Surely it will be judged, and judged severely, in both moral and metaphysical terms. These failures have cast a dark shadow over humanity: And, on a different level, of course, Auschwitz and Treblinka.
So much violence, so much indifference. Etymologically, the word means "no difference.
What are its courses and inescapable consequences? Is it a philosophy? Is there a philosophy of indifference conceivable? Can one possibly view indifference as a virtue? Is it necessary at times to practice it simply to keep one's sanity, live normally, enjoy a fine meal and a glass of wine, as the world around us experiences harrowing upheavals?
Of course, indifference can be tempting -- more than that, seductive. It is so much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes.Sep 09, · The use of tattoos in order to identify with a certain religious sect has been used for millennia, yet many myths and misconceptions persist.
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I did not enjoy my visit to the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial at all.. I suppose that’s the point. I doubt anyone leaves a Holocaust memorial thinking, “Wowzers! That was fun!” But the memorial in Miami Beach is different from others I’ve visited.
Some of the 2, polished marble blocks, or 'stellae' can be seen at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images).
Published: Mon, 5 Dec The holocaust is considered as one of the most horrific times faced by the Jewish community in Europe and the world at large.
German dictator, Adolf Hitler is blamed for having initiated the Holocaust which saw more than ten million people murdered including about six . Sinti and Roma. The text of this web page was originally published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a pamphlet titled “SINTI & ROMA”.
This story was written by Felicia Lederberger-Bialecki-Graber and shared as part of the Memory Project. “Cioci Frenie, Felusia; Sopoty,20/9/” – “To Aunt Frenia, Felusia; Sopot, 9/20/” Thus reads the back of a photo I recently found while rummaging through my parents’ photo box.