Friday, June 27, 2014

Human Rights need to be Enforced

     The film Europa, Europa was a very captivating film that opened my eyes to some of the horrific events that took place during Hitler’s reign. I enjoyed the film because it displayed many things I never knew about the Holocaust. An example was the Nazi school that Solly attended while pretending to be a pure bred German by the name of Josef Peters. It amazed me that they had entire schools that trained young boys and girls to ‘worship’ Hitler, as well as, how to be a great Nazi. In the school they talked about how to identify a Jew, why Jews were bad people, and even sang a song that talked about shoving a knife deep in Jews’ flesh. All of these activities and lessons helped them corrupt the minds of young kids and led to major human right violations. Article two of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says, “Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." This article clearly states that the race or religion of a person should not be involved when discussing human rights, or who receives human rights. By grouping all Jews together and trying to eliminate them from earth, the Holocaust was one of the most horrific human rights violations in the history of mankind. They forced Jews to move to ghettos or concentration camps were they could “herd” them together like cattle. They fenced in these places as if they were trying to keep livestock from escaping its pen. Then they proceeded to try and eliminate all of the Jewish people by using multiple forms of execution. The references to cattle and livestock show how far the Nazi people took the dehumanization of Jewish people. It was an absolute atrocity that can never be repaired. However, all of this could have been avoided if human rights were actually enforced. Human rights are listed in many different places and are laws in many different countries. The Nazi people knew what they were doing was wrong and that they were violating human rights, yet they still did it. No one stopped them for many weeks, months, and even years. Human rights are very important and need to be addressed by all people throughout the world, but most importantly, they need to be enforced by all people throughout the world.

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