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The Holocaust & "Inscription of Hope"

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Meghann Proper

on 26 February 2014

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Transcript of The Holocaust & "Inscription of Hope"

It's okay if the idea of The Holocaust
scares you, or makes you sad, mad or uncomfortable. But now you know
a little bit about The Holocaust,
so you will understand the meaning
behind "Inscription of Hope." And hopefully
you learned the importance of
accepting everyone, no matter what
they look like or what
they believe!
Some things you should
know first...
The Holocaust -
an introduction

Adolf Hitler - pictured --->

Persecute = To oppress or harass with
ill-treatment, especially because of race,
religion, gender, sexual orientation,
or beliefs.
What is the Holocaust?
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored persecution and murder of about six million Jews by the Nazis. "Holocaust" is a Greek word that means "sacrifice by fire." The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans were "racially superior" and that the Jews, thought of as "inferior," were a threat to the German community.
Hiding during The Holocaust
Many Jewish people hid from the Nazis during World War II. They would hide with non-Jewish families. Sometimes they would pretend to be a part of the family and sometimes they would hide in hidden rooms or in a basement or attic. Some were able to eventually escape across the border into a free country, but many continued to hide and sometimes stayed in the same room for years.
What was The Holocaust like?
During World War II the Nazis would take over a city in Europe and would force all of the Jewish people into one area of town. This area was called a ghetto and was fenced in with barbed wire and surrounded by guards. There was little food, water, or medicine available. The Nazis planned to move all Jewish people to concentration camps, which are like prison camps. The Jews were told they were relocating to a new and better place, but this was not the case. People were forced to do hard labor. The weak were quickly killed or died of starvation. Some camps even had gas chambers. People would be led into the chambers in large groups only to be killed with poison gas.
"Inscription of Hope" by Z. Randall Stroope
"Inscription of Hope" will be one of our concert songs. The words are based on an inscription found on a wall in Germany where Jews were hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Here is what composer Stroope says about the song and someone will read this to the audience before we sing: The Holocaust is a stunning reminder of the tragic results of prejudice and hate toward other people. But it is also a reminder that hope held firm will eventually reign victorious over the greatest of odds. The following words were inscribed on the walls of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, where Jews were hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Hope was all they had to hold on to; hope was their only bridge to a brighter tomorrow.
hidden places
for hiding
Anne Frank: In her diary, Anne describes how she felt while she was in hiding, and how it was very hard to survive in such a small living space.
Anne's family was eventually discovered
and taken to a concentration camp.
Her father was the only family member
to survive and he had Anne's diary published.
many people in one space
Were there survivors?
Yes, there were survivors.
Some people survived through
hiding, while others escaped the
concentration camps and ghettos.
Here is a video of a survivor who
links what happened during the
Holocaust to issues that you may
experience here at school.
barbed wire to keep people in
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