The Holocaust

United States
June 9, 2009 12:19am CST
Approximately six million Jews were in Nazi “concentration camps” during World War II. This tragic time has come to be known as the “holocaust.” These people were imprisoned, starved, beaten, tortured, and killed by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis simply because they were Jewish. For the most part, the majority of them represented no military or political threat to Hitler or the Nazi party. Their only “crime”…the sole reason for the hell on Earth they were forced to endure…was because they were Jewish. Hitler gained no economical, political, or strategic benefit or advantage by targeting these people. While some of them were used for slave labor, others were not even physically able to effectively perform manual labor. However, Hitler didn’t discriminate…he tortured all genders and age groups for no other reason than their religious beliefs. These people were marked with serial numbers on their arms, just as farmers number or brand the cattle or pigs they own. I just heard a radio commentator speaking about the holocaust. The report made me wonder if there are any holocaust survivors here at MyLot, or if anyone here is the child, grandchild, or other descendant of a holocaust survivor? Does anyone here know anyone, living or dead, who survived the hell that was the holocaust? I would really love to hear (and possibly write about) the stories…
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• United States
9 Jun 09
my mom worked for a guy that survived it.. he had the tat and everything and the only reason he survived was he said he was a cook and so they put him in the kitchen to cook for the head people.. he figured as long as they liked his food and needed to eat he would stay alive and he was right
• United States
9 Jun 09
Is he still alive? It would be interesting to hear his story...
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• United States
9 Jun 09
im not sure.. my mom worked for him like 10 or more years ago but he was going strong then.. she has lost touch so i have no idea..
• United States
6 Jul 10
thanks for the br
@rsa101 (14903)
• Quezon City, Philippines
9 Jun 09
That is one sad part of our history. Although on my side of the world I think we did not experience that but we have had our part when Japanese forces invaded us during those years that Germany was trying to dominate Europe. My grandfather were the ones who could tell many horrid war stories back then but unfortunately had passed away several years ago already. He was survivor and endured being a guerilla soldier back then.
• United States
9 Jun 09
It was a sad time indeed, but it is also rich in history, and is full of testimonies of tough people who worked in the shadows to fight against the Nazis. Some of those "underground" organizations did a lot to help the Jews, as well as the allied forces who were fighting against the Nazis. A person could devote a lifetime of writing to telling their stories. Some of the things they came up with and accomplished were literally fascinating...
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@rsa101 (14903)
• Quezon City, Philippines
9 Jun 09
True, I think there are many movies that depicted that part of our history. There are also lots of docu films about it. My grandparents had their share of stories too. But I am glad they never had experienced being harassed but they did have to hide in the mountains to avoid the conflict before. My grandfather stand as a spy against the Japanese. He was able to come in and out of the camp and was never caught. All of my grandparents did serve the guerilla movement against Japanese forces and many horrid stories as well as stories of survival are passed around.
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
19 Jun 09
No I did not have any relatives who were in the holocaust, half of my family all came from Italy, and the other from England. However, my husband's grandfather was in the military at that time and he was involved in the final battle that took down Hitler, so that is something to be proud of.