harmony asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Questions about the Holocaust?

I have a few questions about the Holocaust (please be specific):

1. What is our responsibility as global citizens to those who are persecuted or in danger elsewhere?

2. Why are citizens of a country hesitant to give safety haven to foreigners who need it?

3. In 1942, what did the world know was happening during the Holocaust?

4. what strategies did the international community use to save the Jews and how could they have done more?

5. Who did the United Nations act in an attempt to prevent such brutalities?

6. Where those responses sufficient?

7. Has an adequate attempt been made to pursue justice against the oppressors?

***Please answer in order and if not please number the answers. Also please list your sources.***

Thank You!!!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Yahoo! Answers isn't really a good source for historical information, especially on sensitive topics like the holocaust. You'll get a lot of opinions and likely not a lot of complete or accurate information. You would be a lot better off reading up on it on these sites:

    http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/article.php?lang=en&Modul...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

    http://history1900s.about.com/od/holocaust/tp/holo...

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  • 1 decade ago

    1. What is our responsibility as global citizens to those who are persecuted or in danger elsewhere?

    If you are serious about being a "global citizen" then you should react as if this persecution concerned your countrymen or your family. Which would mean small things like ending slavery in Sudan or huge problems- like how to handle the nazi (national-socialist) regime in China

    2. Why are citizens of a country hesitant to give safety haven to foreigners who need it?

    Because among the refugees come enemy agents. That was so even during WW2. Castro allowed political refugees to leave the country- but added also all the drug addicts and organised criminals- as well as his own security police and spies. That is always a risk.

    Second generation refugees are even more prone to disruptive behaviour- the Algerians in France being a good example. Same thing happened even in the Roman Empire- with refugee Visigoths tearing the Empire from inside

    3. In 1942, what did the world know was happening during the Holocaust?

    nothing. Polish resistance reported what was happening to the Allies but the matter was hushed up. IMO no one thought that such brutality could really exist in a civilised nation

    4. what strategies did the international community use to save the Jews and how could they have done more?

    They did nothing. They could have done a bit more- like what the Swedes did- organised the evacuation of all the Jews from Dennmark, right under the noses of the nazis

    5. Who did the United Nations act in an attempt to prevent such brutalities?

    they make some noises, conferences, and such. but nothing real

    6. Where those responses sufficient?

    No. See Rwanda

    7. Has an adequate attempt been made to pursue justice against the oppressors?

    Not really. they are hunted with police action- but only after they have been overthrown. Nothing was ever done to stop a mass murderer when he was in power

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  • 1 decade ago

    1) Your responsibilities are what you decide they are. Many of us do not consider ourselves "global citizens". others might think of themselves as such, but not feel any personal responsibility towards those being persecuted or killed. Other individuals may feel strongly enough to invest their personal fortunes, as well as risk their lives, to help others. Nations, on the other hand, have to look to the interests and welfare of their citizens, and thus have to be careful in how they attempt to intervene,

    2) Citizens of a nation are often hesitant to allow others in because of the potential economic cost. Most refugees are nearly penniless, and need assistance in establishing themselves in a new nation, There are also fears of being culturally overwhelmed, especially when the refugees come from a drastically different culture or religious background. the more differences, the more tension between the "natives" and immigrants. The fact that such refugees tend to prefer to live in communities that concentrate and accentuate their alien origin.

    3) In 1942 the German killing machine was shifting into high gear. because the death camps were placed mostly in isolated conquered territory, it was hard to find out what was going on or to get word out. And of course, prisoners did not tend to escape, and those running the camps were not advertising what they were doing.

    Still, word was filtering back to the Allies. The problem was, that the reports were not backed by anything but observations. And during world war one the Germans had been accused of similiar crimes and atrocities. This made the Allied authorities more reluctant to believe what was happening. It would be at least another year before those authorities would become confident that the reports were in fact true. At that time they were not in a position to do much about the matter, as they were attempting to decide and execute a strategy to defeat the Nazis.

    4) For the most part, there was not much effective resistance to the Holocaust. In many of the conquered nations, collaborators and anti semites were more than happy to assist in removing the local jews and helping ship them east. Before the war had even started countries had already started to refuse to accept jewish irefugees. In Norway though, the people and government both stood up to the Nazis. When the Nazis demanded that local jews be turned over, the massive resisteance forced them to back down.

    5) The United Nations did not exist at the time. And while they have officially condemned genocidal atrocities, to this date, the UN has not effectively stopped any such actions, even when they have sent in troops. This is mostly because of the rules of engagement that have prevented those troops from acting to stop any genocidal actions.

    6( See five.

    7( given that German courts are still prosecuting individuals accused of war crimes, I would be inclined to say yes.

    Much of what is said here is opinion. My sources are multiple, from extensive reading and taking college courses on the subject. But I don't have specific sources at hand. So, take or leave the answers as you like.

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  • 1 decade ago

    All of these are very objective and can have different answers depending on the perspective. Study for yourself.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    1. to stop racism and genocide

    2. chinese gave jews a place to live

    3. the world didnt noe until after the war

    4. they created isreal

    5. vague question

    6. of course not 6 million ppl die

    7. no there are some nazis in buenos aires

    Source(s): theres jews in shanghai but it isnt told in western media cuz they want to bash china eli wisel book
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