Okay.. I get really emotional about the Holocaust. I think about it every day. I lost a lot of family in the Holocaust. Sometimes I'll cry about it, because it's such a sad thing. People at school judge me about it.. am I being too emotional? I can't help the way I am... and how can I let people know about the Holocaust? There is only a little section about it in out history book, no pictures, and hardly any class discussion.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
~The first thing you need to do is define "Holocaust".
If you are referring to the systematic murder of the Jews by the National Socialists, you are buying into the Zionist propaganda that originated in the post war years that was propagated by the Jewish terrorists of the Irgun, the Stern Gang, the Levi and like groups in their bid to obtain effectuation of the promises and premises of the Balfour Declaration, but you are missing the the extent and horror of the Nazi atrocities. The word 'Holocaust' was coined by them when they perverted history and espoused the proposition that National Socialist 'racial purification' and 'social cleansing' programs were aimed exclusively, or even primarily, at Jews and they donned the 'Holocaust' as some kind of perverted badge of honor. The battle cry "Never Forget" is a joke, as the story of the 'Holocaust' as told by them would have you forget the majority of the Nazi victims.
The Nazi euthanasia program and the "Final Solution" of the Jews was actually a short-lived program. Operation 14f13 was most likely devised by Heydrich, Himmler and Goehring. Of course, it had to be approved - at some point - by Hitler, but it is doubtful that Hitler was involved in the planning stages. The Einsatzgruppen were active shortly after the onset of Operation Barbarossa and the units were murdering far more than Jews. When Himmler realized the adverse effects of the activities on the troops, first Chelmno and then the other Death Camps were opened. Chelmno, the first Extermination Camp, was opened in late 1941. Exterminations began there on December 8, 1941.
According to most Jewish literature, there were 6 killing centers. The Jewish literature generally omits Jasenovac. Jasenovac was a killing center built to murder Serbs. It was the third busiest of the Death Camps. It is seldom mentioned in discussions of the "Holocaust" because Zionist propaganda would have us forget that the Jews were a minority of those killed by the Nazis. Only about 15% of Jasenovac's victims were Jewish.
By mid 1943, Himmler realized that the mass extermination were wasting a valuable and necessary source of slave labor. He ordered a halt to the program. Because of the massive volume at which it was operating, he shut down Jasenovac first. By late spring, 1943, all of the Death Camps had been ordered to discontinue the exterminations and the killing centers were largely dismantled. Auschwitz II (Birkenwald) continued in operation until the following year. As many as 2 million died there, with half of the victims being Jewish. The actual number of executions will never be known as people died there in droves from other camp-related causes rather than in the showers.
Had the Madagascar Plan been implemented, the executions likely would not have happened. As late as May 1940, Himmler was still saying that physical genocide was impossible, that it was a "Bolshevik" approach and not in keeping with Germany's way doing things or solving problems. Hitler agreed. However, even though Great Britain, among others, had previously contemplated plans similar to Radamacher's Plan, the necessary cooperation from the rest of Europe could not be had. Once Operation Barbarossa was launched, the plan became unfeasible and the executions commenced for lack of an alternative.
The Concentration Camps were another matter entirely. They were set up to isolate all 'socially undesirable' people. They were not set up to house just Jews, and many of the Jews sent to the concentration camps would have been interred even if they had not been Jewish. There were, after all, Jewish homosexuals, Jewish dissidents, Jewish criminals, Jewish communists, mentally and physically disabled Jews and other 'social misfits'.
About 2.4 million died in the death camps. Roughly 70% of them were Jews (except at Jasenovac, where Jews comprised only about 15% of the body count and at Auschwitz II where Jews represented half of the dead). Between 12 and 18 million died in the concentration camps. About 3 to 3.5 million of them were Jews. The concentration camps were not about genocide or extermination, although a sentence to such a camp generally was a sentence to death due to the deplorable conditions, starvation, disease and, yes, the summary executions of the unfit or disident. However, it is GROSS error to speak of the Concentration Camps in the context of the "Final Solution", the 'Holocaust' or genocide. Such was simply not the purpose or function of those facilities. The concentration camps were modeled on the American Indian reservation system and borrowed their name from the British, who coined the phrase in the 1890s for the camps established to remove the Boers from South African Society. Far, far more people died in the concentration camps than in the Death Camps, and most of them were NOT Jewish. The Nazi genocide campaigns against the Serbs and the Romani, as a percentage of total population, were far more complete than the purge of the Jews. 10 to 20 million Slavs had been earmarked for extinction. Had the Red Army not repelled Operation Barbarossa then determined the outcome of the war at Stalingrad, Kusrsk and Smolensk II, most of them would have died.
At the early stages of Barbarossa, Stalin ordered his generals to engage in a fighting retreat while he moved his factories, stepped up production and established his defenses at the places he intended to make his stand and launch his counterattack (Moscow, Leningrad and Stalingrad particularly. Even as they retreated, the Soviets spirited more than a million Jews and untold legions of others behind Soviet lines, saving them. The Red Army, having fought the bulk of the war on the continent, liberated the majority of the concentration camps. Since most of the killing centers were constructed in Poland and east of the Oder, the Red Army liberated most of them as well. However, the killing centers had been shut down and their operations discontinued long before those camps were liberated. Himmler shut them down because they were detrimental to National Socialist objectives, needs and goals.
Jan Karski brought first hand accounts and photographs out of the Warsaw Ghetto and Belzac in the Spring of 1942. Not later than then were London and Washington aware of what was going on. No one particularly cared. The Evian Conference and the SS ST Louis had convinced the Nazis that they could murder Jews (and others) with impunity and the world at large would look the other way and probably secretly applaud. US history and Western European history proved to the Third Reich that genocide campaigns, especially against Jews, Slavs, Serbs and gypsies, would not raise the hackles of anyone and they acted accordingly. As it turned out, they were correct in their assumptions. The historic treatment of the Jews from the days of the classical Egyptians and Babylonians down through the Romans and the Catholic Church (especially during the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition) to Magna Carta and the Jewish Pale all the way to twentieth century discriminatory practices of the British in the Palestine Mandate, US immigration laws
and the anti-Jewish laws of France, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Russia (and less so, the USSR) and elsewhere encourage the Nazis that they could proceed without bring the wrath of the world down on them. As to the slaughter or dislocation of non-Jews, the Nazis looked to examples like the US Bureau of Indian Affairs, the British in India and South Africa, the Russians under Catherine, Ivan and Peter, the French in Indochina, the Spanish in Latin America and elsewhere and knew they were doing nothing new, novel or unique. Everyone else got away with it under the guise of National Security or Progress, why not them?
DO NOT buy into the bull that the Nazi 'racial purification' and 'social cleansing' programs were aimed solely at Jews. The Jews were a target, to be sure, but they represent only a small minority of Nazi victims. It is not only a disgrace and a heinous dishonor to the other victims, but it is downright sick and dangerous to believe such foolishness as well.
Is it wrong to be emotional about it? Of course not. Should it be remembered? Of course, but as it really happened. Can it happen again? Look at Darfur. Look at the Khmer Rouge. Look at Angola or Ghana or Uganda. Look at the Armenians. Look at the Kurds. Look at the Sunni and Shiite.
Do NOT rely on your history book for anything. It is a starting point at best, but remember, history is written by the victors. If you are interested, READ. Hundreds of millions of words have been written about the Nazis and the camps. If you can stomach them, there are countless pictures online and in books. Just don't lose the truth by getting sucked into the sick myth that National Socialist atrocities were limited to one small group. And don't just read about it and be sad. Get MAD. Look around and see that similar things are still happening and try to DO something about it. It worked in the 60s, it can work again.
- Lejeune42Lv 51 decade ago
Your reaction is quite normal. Many people have written to me and shared exactly your emotions. You are a very profound decent person. I respect you for that. I survived the Holocaust as a teenager and now was asked to moderate the Yahoo! group founded by a non jewish lady. I have made it so that people will learn about all the facets of the Holocaust and other genocides, as well about promoting tolerance education and human rights. The group has many features in files and links. You will certainly like to be ember of the worldwide f group. The group is called unequalled in the information it provides .You may wish to join and learn .at:Remember_The_Holocaust@yahoogroups.comSource(s): Remember_The_Holocaust@yahoogroups.com
- General ZodLv 71 decade ago
Good for you. Most people seem to dismiss the Holocaust as ancient history, but there are people alive today who were involved. Having said that, you can't obsess over horrible atrocities from many years ago, it isn't healthy. People who suffer childhood traumas have to get over them in order to live a normal life, and I suppose you'll have to do the same.
One way to come to terms with your thoughts might be to volunteer or do something charitable. Or you could even try to raise awareness for similar atrocities that are happening in the world right now. If your efforts could somehow save a life somewhere in the world, at least you could put yourself in that class of people who risked everything to help some Jews back in the holocaust days, just because they couldn't allow themselves to be part of the injustice.
Those are the best kind of people, the ones who don't feel they have to follow the stupid masses and their ignorance, but stand up bravely for those who are under attack.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Wow.. Dont be afraid of being emotional about it. The Holocaust was an awful event that took place. Millions of people died, and some of them happened to be in your family. That is completely understandable.
People at school judge you about it? Well do they even know the meaning of the Holocaust? I bet that if they read the memoir Night, their words would change.
What grade are you in?
I read Night my freshman year. Maybe you will too.
And the jerks who are judging you.
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- Its not me Its uLv 71 decade ago
I'm not sure where the guy is coming from above, but most people know that it wasn't only the Jews that died in the Holocaust. His use of 'zionism' marks him as some kind of racist, altho i agree with some of statements of acts of genocide since then, and nothing was done about them. I did get emotional looking at the pile of kids shoes at the Holocaust Museum in DC, so its been over 60 years and people are still emotional over it, so what's the big deal? You are who you are.
- 1 decade ago
No you aren't being too emotional, it's like how some people are about the americas and Canadians treatment of Nativee Americans. You can start a club, a webpage, join a blog, they have lots of groups on facebook.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Well, it is a little bit ridiculous for you to be that emotional about it. You weren't alive when it happened, and most likely neither were your parents.
It's long-gone chapter of history, and there's no need to have such a strong reaction to it anymore.
And everyone already knows about the Holocaust, all schools teach it.
- 1 decade ago
I think ur freinds or swho ever is making fun of u are jerks.
Cause loss of family from that is not something to be made fun of.Its not u u should be emotional about that its natural.
- HavocLv 61 decade ago
people in highschool judge you about it? well they can go to hell because theres nothing wrong about being emotional about a very catastrophic event that happen.