WWII Reborn?


On May 22nd, 2016, Buzzfeed uploaded a video named “I survived the Holocaust” to their YouTube channel. The video is roughly 7 minutes long and enlists a Holocaust survivor to narrate his life experience, who spoke on the concentration camps that he was forced to live in during the Nazi occupation. The most striking part was that towards the end of the video when the survivor comments and compares WWII to the way things in America are run now.

The survivor now is eighty-eight years old and speaks on how uncomfortable he felt when he saw, on the news, Trump asking his supporters to raise their hands. He explains that this gesture is very similar to the Nazi’s gesture that has become so identifiable. He then proceeds to question Trump’s declarations, such as: “Are we actually going to build a fence around our country (America)?”, “Are we actually going to create ghettos?” and “Are 13,000 people going to be forced out of America, [and] then made to be refugees?” Ultimately, he continues on to speak about how he cannot encourage racism and separation. America is the land of the free, and so he cannot accept that America may go through what the Nazis did in WWII. We have learned our lessons from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and various other genocides. He criticizes Trump’s statement, in which he desires to create a wall on the border between America and Mexico.

This video was extremely powerful and empowering. To have a Holocaust survivor compare and state that the past and present times are similar is truly threatening. Another example, besides Donald Trump, is Brexit. Britain has recently voted to exit the EU, which raises the question: is the world going to go through more separation? Globalization is an inevitable part of today’s generation, and so, shouldn’t we try our best to keep the peace and stick together as much as we can?

Jisue Shin
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