Ordinary People and the Crimes Against Humanity
Many people saw the world through Nazi eyes and spoke in Nazi language .
- When they saw someone who resembled a Jew, they felt a surge of hatred and anger within them.
- They trul y believed that Nazism would bring prosperity and general well-being.
- However, not every German was a Nazi.
- Many organized a ctive a nti-Nazi resistance, risking police repression and death.
- The majority of German s watched in silence the atrocities faced by the Jewish community.
- Charlotte Beradt secretly recorded people's dreams in her diary and later published them in the book Third Reich of Dreams.
- She describes how Jews began to believe the Nazi stereotypes about them.
- Stereotypical images circulated in the Nazi press haunted Jews.
- Many Jews died before they were sent to the gas chamber.
Knowledge about the Holocaust
- Jews wanted the rest of the world to remember the atrocities and sufferings they endured during the Nazi killing campaigns, also known as the Holocaust.
- Many ghetto and camp residents kept diaries, kept notebooks, and created archives .
- When the war appeared to lose, the Nazi leadership distributed petrol to its functionaries in order to destroy all incriminating evidence in offices.
- The holocaust's history and memory live on in many parts of the world today through memoirs, fiction, documentaries, poetry, memorials, and museums.