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Exploring Indifference

ENG 112 Explores Indifference What We Said, How We Said It
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Lisa Mahle-Grisez

on 20 July 2010

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Transcript of Exploring Indifference

Step One: Historical Context for Wiesel's Speech ENG 112 Explores Indifference
Class Discussion April 28 Elie Wiesel:
Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1986
Survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald Concentration camps
Author, teacher, lecturer, activist
Supporter of Israel
The St. Louis: Ship of Jewish
refugees

Turned away at Cuba and U.S.

Sent back to Eastern Europe April 12, 1999: "Perils of Indifference" speech
delivered by Wiesel

Given East Room of White House

Part of MIllenium Series of Speeches hosted by Clintons

HIllary Clinton introduced Wiesel

Other Headlines: "Financial Institutions rewriting the rules themselves" and "Look up--in the sky! Real estate prices"

Buchenwald Concentration Camp
Set -up in 1937 in Germany
One of largest camps and had some of harshest conditions
Name means "Beech Forest" after Goethe's Oak, the stump of which stands inside camp perimeter

Muselmanner Starving prisoners
Almost dead prisoners
With blanket
Not moving Steps Two and Three: How you Defined "Indifference" "Absence of concern"
"Absence of conscience"
"Not caring at all"
"Ignoring; avoiding a situation"
"Lack of character" How Wiesel Defines
"Indifference" "Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response.

Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor -- never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten."
Yes: We agree.
Indifference is seductive. Step Four: Analyzing Appeals Appeals to Logos:

Definitions of gratitude and indifference
Recounting of historical events that impact today (Darfur, genocides, Rwanda
Pentagon/State Dept. Information
St. Louis
Righteous Gentiles Appeals to Ethos:

Personal experience as survivor
Work as activist
Knowledge of history
Connection with audience through pronoun "WE"
Appeals to Pathos:

Muselmanner
St. Louis
Personal Experience
Repetition of words "just the railways, just once"; "we do respond." We intervene."
Roosevelt -- patriotism vs. disillusionment
Were you motivated
to change your actions?

You were.
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