Auschwitz 1 and Birkenau

The lessons from Auschwitz project included a one day trip to Poland where we had the unique opportunity to experience the shocking scenes of one of the most important historical locations of the Holocaust- Auschwitz 1 and Auschwitz Birkenau. Before attending the trip we had studied the Holocaust in detail and knew numerically the consequences of the holocaust however actually experiencing the intensity of Auschwitz was nothing that could compare to our studies.   
Auschwitz 1 was an active concentration camp during the years 1940-45, the first victims of the camp were polish political prisoners and then during 1942 the majority of prisoners were Jewish people. This camp was the first of many camps that held victims of the Holocaust. The role of Auschwitz 1 was to incarcerate enemies of the Nazi regime so they would not 'pollute' the aryan race. The prisoners were seen as a supply of labourers for the development of Nazi constructions. They were often worked to death due to t…

Contemporary Relevance

Myanmar is a South East Asian, predominately Buddhist, country that has said to have the world's fastest growing refugee crisis. The country is 'ethically cleansing' it's population from Rohingya Muslims. Rohingya muslims represent the largest percentage of muslims in Myanmar. Despite having their own culture and language the Myanmar government denies the Rohingya Muslims citizenship. The government refuses to acknowledge them as people by excluding them from the 2014 census.
There are many reports that the authorities of Burma are imposing a dehumanising apartheid system in their country. The Rohingya are forced to be segregated and experience extreme restrictions of freedom. These people's human rights are routinely violated; due to a discriminative government they are restricted in all areas of life.

On the 25th August 2017 Rohingya militants attacked 30 police posts as an act of rebellion against the government. The Myanmar government responded by sending troo…

Perpetrators, Bystanders, Collaborators and Victims

 "The perpetrators were human beings - just like anyone else - who were products of the society they lived in. They made choices based on a variety of reasons. Dismissing their actions as "evil" or "mad" prevents our understanding of the Holocaust."

Another aspect of the Holocaust is the definition of 'perpetrators,' 'bystanders,' 'collaborators' and 'victims.' There is a common belief that the Nazis were the only perpetrators in the Holocaust - and furthermore, that they were the only 'villains.' This is not the case. As such, there is not a clear cut between the perpetrators, collaborators and bystanders.

Equally, it is a common understanding that the Jews were the only victims of the Holocaust - and while they were a significant section of the makeup of victims, there were other groups of people experiencing persecution in addition. We must be educated on every aspect of involvement in the Holocaust, and we must …

The Re-humanisation of Holocaust victims: Rutka Laskier's Story

An important thing to remember when discussing the Holocaust is that every victim was their own person. Each person involved in the Holocaust had their own story, their own lives before. They each had family, and friends, maybe a pet dog. They had hobbies, favourite foods, talents. They were normal people, just like each and every one of us that is reading and learning about the Holocaust.

It is essential that when learning about the Holocaust and its events, that we remember each one of these people involved, had different experiences. We must not allow them to be dehumanized with statistics and figures, they are to be remembered with their own identities - not as the Nazi regime defined them.

Therefore, it is important to pay tribute to individual victims. This is the story of Rutka Laskier:

Rutka Laskier was a polish Jewish girl. Her father was a wealthy banker, and she enjoyed skiing trips, and making friends in her private school. Her childhood appears carefree and happy.