Human Nature through Tragic Times

Mason Thomas & Brendan Toungate

Acts of Kindness

"Organized armed resistance was the most direct form of Jewish opposition. In many areas of Europe, Jewish resistance instead focused on aid, rescue, and spiritual resistance. The preservation of Jewish cultural institutions and the continuance of religious observance were acts of spiritual resistance to the Nazi policy of genocide."

Fiction Text

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Non-fiction text

I know people can be afraid of repricussions or job loss or even worse but how do they sleep knowing that they did not do all they could to stop injustice or abuse? I try not to be one of those people. I really really lose respect for those kind of people, not that they need my approval but why? What is in their nature to say, "Well I can't help" or " It has gone on so long there is nothing I can do" or " Nothing will happen so why put my neck out there"? How can people look at someone getting beat up stranger or not and stand idly by? How can people watch someone beat a child and not say anything or do anything? How can people not call out their legislators, or any person in power or not when they see something happening that is wrong. How can one not write letters to prisoners or offer hope? How can one not report police brutality?

Do they not know if they are not part of the solution they are part of the problem? If you saw someone hurt, would you do something? If you saw many people hurt, would you call someone? Would you stand up to authority for wrongdoing or would you go sit down quietly? I really want to know what makes people cower and shut up. Fear? It will only get worse for someone because fear has paralyzed many. What makes people seem so used to thinking that if one person can make a difference then more than one can't.

Fiction text

How kids acted compared to adults

The children didn't really know what was happening except what they were learning from school or their parents. The adults didn't always know what was happening because they would lie to them so the parents would feed them children lies that they heard. It relates to the story cause the wife didn't know exactly what they were doing in the camp when she doesn't understand at first why there was the smoke. It sends the message that the children were naive because they didn't fully understand what was happening and the parents were being tricked to what the Fury wanted them to believe.


im just a kid by Simple Plan

It sort of connects to Bruno because he was confused what was happening and finally started figuring out what was happening by himself. It says in the song how he's all alone and tha nobody cares, which is like Bruno because he doesn't really learn much from his parents or teacher.

'In Even staps! March Sing!'

This wasn't really a song but a command soldiers would make to make the Jews sing in the camps. If the failed to sing they would get beaten


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