I was born in a split family. One side of my family is Jewish and from Israel and Romania.
I have always felt a strong connection to my Jewish roots and I celebrate a few Jewish customs within my home. My husband and I celebrate “Christmakkuh.” It’s Christmas (because we are Christians) and Hanukkah (because I identify with many Jewish traditions) combined for a really fun, albeit interesting, holiday.
For this English 102 assignment, our teacher has asked us to write about a topic that we plan to research. I have chosen to study on the Holocaust in hopes that as I explore my culture’s past, I can find answers that will help guide my future.
I know that the Holocaust took place around 1945 and that my Gambeenie (my grandmother) would have been in her early adolescent years. I wish I could ask her about her experiences.
Some questions I plan to answer in my 10 page paper are:
- How long did the Holocaust last?
- How many people died during the Holocaust?
- How many camps were there to hold Jews and the others deemed unfit?
- How many Nazi leaders were there?
- What brought Hitler to such a hatred of the Jews?
- How many Nazis were there?
- What types of people were picked up by the Nazis?
- Which groups don’t believe that the Holocaust ever happened?
- Why would a group believe that the Holocaust never happened?
- Why did Nazis not rebel?
- What caused “nice” people to commit mass murder?
- How many Holocaust survivors are alive today?
- How many people were put in camps?
- Which countries were allies to the Nazis?
- Which countries were not allies to the Nazis?
- What was the American President’s take on the situation?
- Who was America’s president at the time of the Holocaust?
- Where did the majority of Jews and the like flee?
- Where were all the different places Jews and the like fled to?
- What else was happening in the world during the 1940s and time of the Holocaust?
- Where did my relatives flee?
- How did Hitler have such ultimate control over people?
- What happened to people who decided not to become Nazis?
- Did anybody decide to not follow Hitler?
- What happened to Hitler’s family after his disappearance?
- How did the public feel about Hilter’s actions in the 1940s?
- How did the media portray the Holocaust in the 1940s?
- What events in history led to WWII and the Holocaust?
- Why do I feel such a deep connection to my ancestors?
- How did Hitler get weapons?
- Was Hitler well educated?
- What are some theories on Hitler’s mental state?
- What are different ways the Nazis killed people during the Holocaust?
- Were any Jews captured and used for other purposes?
I hope that by answering these questions (and the other page of questions I have) I will come to a deeper understanding of the Holocaust.