Monday, February 24, 2014

The Holocaust- Widespread Abuse


One of the main topics in Danny’s Grace, a novel about child abuse, is the very loud silence of the adults who could have changed the outcome for a few innocent children. Today’s topic is the Holocaust, one of the worst crimes that ever occurred in the world. Would it have made a difference if more people would have spoken up? That is an answer no one will ever know. What we do know is that millions of people died as a result of the actions taken, and few people were willing to put their own lives on the line to help save the lives of others.

Thanks to Dr. Estella Sneider, I was made aware of new information regarding the Holocaust. The numbers were much higher than have been reported through the years. Click here for the full article on that information. Millions of men, women, and children were murdered, used as sex slaves in brothels, and even placed in camps where women were forced to have abortions. All of this simply because they were Jewish or perhaps sympathizers.

The Holocaust was never labelled abuse, but for all intents and purposes, that is exactly what it was. It was an abuse of power and an abuse of a people that had done nothing more than being born. It was an atrocity that most of us cannot fathom, and many people sweep it under the rug as though it never happened. It did occur though, and if more people had been willing to fight against it, it may have been stopped.

If this war on Jewish people has never touched your heart, I suggest you visit the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. to get a more personal connection with it. Look at the vast number of shoes in the pit, including shoes of innocent children and babies and try not to feel anything.

Would you have spoken up if you were in that era? What would you have done differently than those people had done? The United States had an opportunity to help save at least some of those people. The United States was responsible for turning away a ship full of people who were seeking refuge from the Holocaust. Approximately half of those people survived the atrocity. The other half perished. It is easy to say in hindsight that we would have fought against Hitler if we were fellow countrymen, because something like this shouldn’t ever happen. Who would tolerate such things?

The choice may not have been easy for the people making those decisions back then. Innocent people who didn’t want to die simply did as they were told and stayed out of it. It was all about survival, after all. Are things so different today? Not really. Women and children are put in abusive situations every day and people who could speak up, don’t. Probably out of fear or indifference. Either way, it isn’t okay to just sit by and watch it happen to save your own hide. It is your job to speak up, to call it out, and to help innocents escape a life that will certainly put them at a disadvantage, but could also put them at death’s door.

Read up about the Holocaust. It was human abuse on a massive scale and it is a story that everyone should consider daily. Consider yourselves fortunate that it wasn’t you. Consider yourselves fortunate that you didn’t have to decide if someone else’s life was just as valuable as your own. Then take action when you see the smaller scale abuses that occur in today’s world. Never be passive when it comes to protecting someone from abuse of any type.

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