Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz is a truly eye-opening piece that layers themes of physical and mental confinement, race, suffering, and perseverance. The most complex aspect of his depictions, to me, is the role of the victims in this a gray zone of the just and unjust. While those in concentration camps are the people … More On Primo Levi’s Survival in Auschwitz
The question in Christopher Browning’s Ordinary Men posed towards the beginning, when the author questions how a group of normal/sane policemen could “[shoot] some 1,500 Jews in the Polish village of Jozefow in the summer of 1942,” encompasses much of Browning’s analysis within his work. He investigates the motivation of the Holocaust perpetrators and attributes … More Holocaust: The Perpetrator’s Psych
Through this film we don’t explore the events in Auschwitz as a message of the historic barbarities that took place there, but rather as a reflection of denial. As humans, we often overestimate our own rightness and forget that there exists a world beyond that in our own minds…How do you even begin to educate a people whose history has been reshaped?
While international law existed prior to World War II, the form of law remained weak in protecting stateless people, such as the Jews in pre-World War II Europe, in a domestic sphere. Firstly, the rights an individual held under international law was granted in terms of their nationality and so if an individual believed his/her … More Why international law was not enough to stop the Holocaust
International law comes in many forms, often the product of international agreements and treaties between states or a natural evolution of customary practices. The greatest flaw of international law is that it does not have a distinct, single enforcement mechanism. There is no single governing entity to enforce these laws. Moreover, since there are many … More The Holocaust and lessons for the future
In efforts to adjudicate the Holocaust, international law was reformed and used in post-War initiatives, such as U.S. and international affairs and the holding of the Nuremberg Trials; although these aspects may have seemed like sufficient responses to the atrocities of World War II, the post-war period still foresaw an era where similar crimes were … More How law was used to adjudicate the Holocaust
Throughout the novel, Eliezer is constantly exposed to the barbarity and horrors inflicted by one human being onto another. He first experiences these atrocities indirectly when his teacher Moshe the Beadle returns from his deportation and tells others of the brutality of the Gestapo. Though no one believes Moshe, Eliezer is later faced with the … More Reflection: Night by Elie Wiesel