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At school, we’ve been talking about the holocaust and WWII and all that good stuff. And I just finished watching “Schindler’s List”, a movie related to the holocaust and anti-semitism. (It’s a good movie I recommend it) And during all this time, I have one question in my mind. Why don’t they just stop believing?

Honestly, think about it. Keeping your old life for no religion vs. Suffering with religion. And in “Night” by Elie Wiesel, he describes the effects of concentration camp and what it does to you. He wrote that he often doubted the presence of God during the hardest times. Then was it even worth it all? In the beginning of the “Schindler’s List” it shows a scene where rich jews are forced to stuff their belongings into only a few bags, to go to the ghetto (cramped place where all Jews were forced to live). They leave their spacious house with rich furniture, for a small, cracking room to share with at least ten more Jews. Then, a Nazi officer takes their house, lies in their bed and admires the nice house. Seem fair?

So why do these people cling to their religion like it’s the only thing they’ve got? They could still be enjoying life if it wasn’t for their faith. Race isn’t something you can fake, but faith is. In my opinion, there could only probably be a few reasons why they won’t pretend they weren’t Jews:

  1. Nobody had imagined that anti-semitism would go as far as murder. Maybe racism, but not murder. The Jewish community in “Night” was warned, but they did not listen. They thought that the man who warned them was crazy!
  2. The Jews thought that their God would protect them all throughout this.

Those are honestly the only two reasons that I can think of. I believe in my God, but I believe that there are certain limits regarding how far you take religion.

Jews moving to the ghetto, scene from Schindler's List


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