Importance of Holocaust Today
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The Importance of the Holocaust to Today's Young People In an age that marks an increase in anti-Semitism, racism and other prejudices, an education in the events of the Holocaust is more important than ever for younger generations. An awareness of this terrible part in our history will provide youngsters with a chance to learn from mistakes gone before through gaining a deeper understanding of the events. The Lessons from Auschwitz Project is creating the opportunity to bring the memory back to life among younger generations - ones with no first-hand experience of it. Firstly, a thorough education on the events of the Holocaust is desperately needed for youngsters, to provide them with a true account and to dispel all misconceptions they may have.
In most cases the student will recognise the wrong doing of the Nazis but still hold a disliking, similar to that of the Nazis yet less severe, towards the targeted groups, particularly Jews. The LfA Project enables students to see the reality of the Holocaust first hand and by viewing the piles of shoes, hair and personal belongings that remain at Auschwitz perhaps they will recognise that these victims were innocent human beings, not in the wrong any more or less than anyone else. Secondly, it is of the utmost importance that younger generations recognise the relevance of the Holocaust to events happening today.
In general there is a notion that the Holocaust is so far in the past and so extreme that it is irrelevant now. A lot of people have become desensitised and fail to see the connection between that historical past and genocides happening in other parts of the world today. This portrays that not all lessons were learnt from the disastrous events of the Holocaust that should have been and the bubble people are living in needs to be popped. Therefore, it really is important that children of today gain an understanding and learn from the dark stain, which is the Holocaust, on the history of mankind. Otherwise, we may be doomed to repeat history and the next time it might not be 6million Gypsies, Jews or gays, it might be you or me or any of 6million other people.
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