Monthly Archives: October 2015

We Wish to Inform You… Questions

Who holds a greater degree of responsibility-those who killed or those who organized killing? Will it be possible for victims and perpetrators of the genocide to peacefully coexist? Was it right for humanitarian aid to be the only form of … Continue reading

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We Wish to Inform You…

This was an extremely engaging and reader-friendly text.  One of the greatest contributors to this was the usage of numerous interviews and personal accounts from those involved in the documented events.  These personalized the tragedy and underlined the human suffering … Continue reading

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Reflections on Hotel Rwanda

Having now viewed this movie twice, I was particularly fascinated by the resourcefulness and cunning of Paul.  He used all of the resources at his disposal to save others, whether that be through bribes of contacts (international, military, etc.).  Even … Continue reading

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Survival in Auschwitz Questions

How does “thinking too much” endanger prisoners? How much of survival is due to diligence and strength vs. luck? Does the fact that civilians traded with prisoners refute claims that Germans were unaware of what was occurring?

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Survival in Auschwitz

Having now read this book twice, there were a few points that resonated with me throughout both readings.  I was struck by the fact that those working with the Jews were described as “mistaking the effects for the cause.”  In … Continue reading

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Bloodlands Part 2

German actions while invading Russia were particularly interesting to try to grasp and understand.  I had not heard that Germans feared that changing conditions at home to provide for troops (through methods such as rationing) would have damaged the German … Continue reading

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Abstract and Proposal

I plan to research the Madagascar Plan. While articulated and fully researched by the Nazi Party, the concept has roots that run much deeper. Poland considered relocating its Jewish population in the 1930s, and while the project never came to … Continue reading

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Bloodlands Questions

Would changing conditions at home in Germany (rationing, etc.) to provide for troops in the USSR have truly damaged the German war effort? Did Germany plan to conquer all of the USSR (including areas such as Siberia)? Could collaboration with … Continue reading

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Bloodlands Part 1

I was most intrigued by the official Soviet response to the crisis in Ukraine.  The position appeared to be contradictory.  Sometimes officials simply denied that mass starvation was occurring, and when such starvation was acknowledged, it was described as an … Continue reading

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Schindler’s List

This was a beautifully crafted movie.  It illustrated many of the complexities of the Holocaust, with all its shades of gray.  Perhaps most fascinating was the character of Schindler and his evolution to become a savior to so many.  He … Continue reading

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