We all have heard of the word “Holocaust” and have always wondered a few things. The first thing we’d wonder is what would’ve happened if we went through the holocaust too. Would we be able to survive the way the survivors did? Survival is critical in situations like the holocaust especially when you are facing death every day for many different reasons.
People say that once you’re in the face of death, you will either fight to live or just give up. Some people had the might to fight back in every way and survived. Others just perished because they really couldn’t fight any more and felt it was their time. Children died, older people died, and even people that were strappin’ young men/women died. What made the ones that survived special?
When we hear the word holocaust, Goosebumps go up our bodies and we shiver just thinking about what people have gone through. The reason why it’s so real for us is because the holocaust was one of the most documented genocides in history. The Germans took such good notes, people knew where and when their family members died but there were still some that fell through the cracks.
I went to visit an concentration camp named Dachau. It was a death camp and one of the most scarring memories I have of that place is the ovens. At the tender age of 8 I became fascinated by the Holocaust specifically because of my visit to Dachau. It was one of the most fascinating, real, and surreal thing I’ve ever experienced in my short 24 years and after that I have had a constant fascination by the Holocaust.
If there were no concentration camps that I had visited, no Anne Frank’s diary, no house to go with the diary, then I wouldn’t believe that something this bad could’ve happened to anybody. It’s hard to believe that one man could do so much damage. In consequence, the Nazi party has also fascinated us as well. Some people have even agreed with their ideologies and methods of wanting to get rid of people for reasons beyond my understanding.
Some other concentration camps have become famous like Auschwitz for their own reasons but the one thing that is most surreal is the number of survivors and the knowledge that they carry with them that their families perished in places like that. The holocaust truly became “Survival of the fittest”. It fascinates us how people survived things like that and once again, could we survive or would we die along with the millions of other people that had died?