Genocide

Wikipedia defines genocide as “the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group.”

After researching genocide in the world today I can across this website, http://www.genocideintervention.net/network . The Genocide Intervention Network was established in 2005 to bring awareness to genocide happening still today. The goal of this program/group is to end genocide throughout the world, and put programs in place to intervene with the people responsible for causing the acts of destruction against innocent people.  World leaders are getting involved are being held accountable for commitments that they make towards this global movement. This program will work closely with policy experts, world leaders, and anti-genocide activists in the fight to prevent and end genocide.

The aspirations of this program are huge; time and cooperation will be the ultimate result of this effort to end genocide. The GIN is addressing the ultimate cause of the world’s failure to stop genocides – the lack of political will. In doing so, they are creating an educated and empowered permanent anti-genocide constituency at the national scale. It is by these changes that can make genocide prevention an important and relevant political priority for elected officials and policymakers.

The GIN had started working their efforts in Darfur, but have now expanded to other conflict areas such as Burma, and Democratic Republic of Congo

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Charles Lutz Saved Thousands of Jews

During the time when the Nazis occupied Hungary, in March 1944, Charles Lutz negotiated with the Nazis and the Hungarian government to allow Jews to emigrate to Palestine. Lutz was allowed to issue protective letters to 8,00 Jews, which he purposely misinterpreted to say 8,000 families. Throughout the next few years Lutz had also saved over 10,000 children and established 76 safe homes. After his letter mishap and his courageous efforts Lutz had managed to savor over 62,000 Jews.   

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Five-Rescuers-of-Those-Threatened-by-the-Holocaust.html

10 People Who Saved Jews During WW2

http://listverse.com/2008/11/06/10-people-who-saved-jews-during-world-war-two/

This website describes the stories of men and women around the world who made tremendous contributions to the survival of Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust.

This website hit home for me because my grandpa was one of those people who contributed to saving many Jews. (He is not listed on the website.) I have an old shoe box of pictures of my grandpa in Poland, Germany, and other countries, which demonstrated his efforts during WW2. Many of these pictures are graphic which can explain why he did not share them with me.  My grandpa had passed away before I had received these pictures. I found them in his attic and I wish I could have heard some of the many stories he could have told.

This website made me realize that people from Italy, China, Britain, Portugal, Bulgaria, Sweden, Hungary and many more countries had taken notice of what had happened to millions of Jews and did not look the other way to what was going on. Also Catholic priests and social workers, men and women had sympathy for the Jewish people.  Some of these people risked their lives, went against their Nazi regime, and took risks to save thousands of Jews.

People all over the world took notice and went above and beyond their call of duty to rescue Jewish people who had suffered, lost everything, and had lost all hope. This is just a list of 10 people, there and thousands more who have gone unnoticed by the public, but not to those Jews that they saved.

Wiesel Video

This video shows images from Auschwitz which helps me have a clearer picture of the surroundings while reading books about the concentration camps. I never realized the massive size of Auschwitz until seeing an overhead view of the camp. The pictures in this video give you a small idea of the mass number of people that were herded all over during this time period. Even the lyrics in the video set the tone for the video. Even after reading The World Must Know, and watching other videos about the Holocaust, every new picture I see has an effect on me. You think that you can get used to seeing piles of dead corpses but no one can ever grow immune to feelings that arise when seeing those images. The picture of the two little boy babies with stars stitched to their clothing made me sad. They are innocent children, they have no idea what is going on around them, but still that star has branded their innocence and acknowledged their fate as Jews. Seeing present day pictures of Wiesel tells a story on its own. His face conveys a story of bravery, sadness, death, survival, grief, experience, sorrow, hope, and knowledge.

Genocide in the World Today

In recent news and earlier this year Muslim extremists groups are waging a “genocide” against Christians in the Middle East. In the 1980’s, militia groups and suicide bombers had left thousands of Christians dead. In recent news massacres of Christians are taking place for no reason. Innocent people in the Middle Eastern countries are being killed just because they are Christian, and riots have broke out outside of churches. Recent violence in Iraq has become an effect of leaders urging to give Christian communities a larger political role.

Although Jews were not trying to gain political power during the time of the Holocaust, they were killed for the simple fact of being Jewish. Just like how Christians in the Middle East are being killed for being Christian. It is amazing to me that in the 21th century, people in other parts of the world  have sunk so such an inhumane low that they think killing mass numbers of innocent people because of their beliefs is acceptable. Consequences and what is considered acceptable behavior in other cultures vary from one to the next, but you would think that killing another innocent human being would be a taboo in universal culture. I understand that during warfare soldiers are protecting their country from a greater evil that has threatened their country so killing in that sence is easier to accept. 

After the Holocaust has come and gone, countries around the world have learned about it, lived through it, and have gained an understanding of how truly awful and barbaric it was. Nevertheless, countries are still carrying out some of these cruel acts that had been executed by the Nazis not all that long ago. I think that political parties and different religious groups could find many different ways to handle disputes and get their point across without having to settle to the method of killing one another.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/03/world/main7208414.shtml