Recent Holocaust Journal Findings
WWII 75th Anniversary
To create a tribute to the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust and all of its victims, reporters from the newspaper company looked all around the world researching about people who have found Holocaust journals. We chose the following findings because of their amazing points of view and emotional backstories. We hope this will create remembrance of the Holocaust.
The Knock on the Door That Changed His Life
This Jewish captive was like many others. He got taken out of his house and got sent to a labor camp by the Nazis, but it was right before is Bar Mitzvah. He was torn up about missing his Bar Mitzvah. The unnamed Jewish captive was sent to work at the labor camp. He was the one who handled the dead bodies; he saw things that no one should ever see. This Jewish captive has horrid memories of the Holocaust.
The One Who Made It
Observing these letters and journals from a span of twenty years can be quite interesting. This young man (name unknown) has an amazing story. He starts as a twenty year old man inquiring to his mother if he should join Hitler, even though he is not loyal and wants to grow up and become a doctor. He joins only because of fear, and learns that what he is doing is wrong. He decides to escape, during an air strike. He almost unbelievably escapes and reaches his goal of becoming a doctor in America. On the last page of his journal he stated "This is probably the last time I will write in you, not because my remembrance of the Holocaust has expired, but because this is the last page."
The Troubled and Confused Journalist
From reading these 1930s journal entries written by an American journalist, people can see that the journalist was very troubled and confused. Her name was Carol, and she was a young working woman living in Chicago, Illinois. She faced many problems with her marriage and gender. Her husband did not want her to be a working woman and believed that women are not fit to work. Carol also despised reporting about World War II and the Holocaust with a burning passion. She believed, along with many others, that World War I was the war to end all wars, but she realized that that wasn't the case. She wrote passionately about the horrors of the Holocaust and problems like sexism and racism that the world faced.
Jewish in Hiding
An adolescent struggling with her beliefs
Throughout the journal entries of sixteen year old Dalia, it's clear to see that she was facing some internal struggle regarding her beliefs and ethnicity. Before she and her family went into hiding, Dalia was already questioning her religion and culture. The persecution from the Germans caused her to think it was wrong to be Jewish, provoking her to be ashamed of this. Throughout her stay in her hiding place, she uncovered a dark and scary place in her thoughts. She began to have violent impulses and horribly morbid thoughts. Eventually she learned to embrace her ethnicity and control her impulses to live a successful life after the war.
A Girl Thrust Into Tough Times
The BDM member had an avid Nazi family, but she wasn't so secure in her own beliefs. She felt pressured to fit in and discriminate, but she had morals that she struggled to perfect. Along with these troubles, she had to fight in the Volksturmm. This gave her many experiences that scarred her, but she managed to go through and was relieved when the Allies won. She was very different from other children, some who let themselves be brainwashed or some that tried too hard to fit in. Most importantly, she was someone who was willing to believe what she thought was right.
The inhumane acts of the Holocaust will always be remembered. The Holocaust may spark conversations about humanity and how it differs from person to person. Why did Hitler do what he did? How did go on with these inhumane acts? It may be because of his view on humanity. Maybe he thought that discriminating against the Jews was ethical. Perspectives determine what humans think is right and wrong, it also determines how people view humanity.
The Journalists of History would like to thank the people that donated these entries. We would like to thank Aaliyah, a Jewish teenager that feels strongly about the horrors of the Holocaust, for donating Dalia's and the unnamed Jewish captive's diary. We would also like to acknowledge Maria, an honorable German soldier, for donating the SS guard's journals and entries. Thank you to John Doe, an aspiring solider, for donating the Hitler Youth member's diary. A final thank you to Taylor Rose, a journalist at the Chicago Tribune, for donating the American journalist's diary.