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Celebrating The Human Spirit

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Madison Varnier

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Transcript of Celebrating The Human Spirit






"Night" by Elie Wiesel

"Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank

"Prisoner B-3087" by Alan Gratz

"Schindler's List" directed by Steven Spielberg

I chose this picture because it is of Anne Frank laughing. I like this picture because even throughout the Holocaust, Anne Frank still kept a smile and managed to make others happy. In her diary she speaks of events that create the idea that her personality was very optimistic. I believe laughter can make the best of the worst situations. Laughter can become the best weapon against difficult times.

"Whoever is happy will make others happy too."

-Anne Frank

: the act of giving up something that you want in order to get or do something else to help someone

: the person, animal, or thing so offered
: a state or situation in which you are alone usually because you want to be
This is a picture of Anne Frank writing in her diary. I choose this picture for solitude because according to a lot of records in Anne's diary, she is ignored daily and considered silly. So instead she decided to be alone and keep all her most important thoughts in solitude or in her diary. Anne had many of amazing quotes, and ideas that she put in her diary that being in solitude with made her into a extraordinary girl far beyond the knowledge of her age. She proves to show that solitude can lead to greatness.

"I think a lot, but i don't say much."
-Anne Frank
This is one of the pictures that Anne Frank had posted on her wall in the Secret Annexe. It is the actress Greta Garbo. Anne had many of these tacked all up over the Annexe to make her stay in there more homey. I also believe Anne tacked these up because she wanted to become a famous actress or singer when she grew up and the pictures were the closest she could get to that at the time. Imagination was important in the Annexe in order that boredom would not take over. Anne spent her days imagining what she will become as a young woman, debating between a actress, singer, or writer.

"The final forming of a persons character lies in their own hands." -Anne Frank
: the ability to imagine things that are not real

:something that exists or only happens in your mind
This is a picture of a mother protecting her baby from being shot, and sacrificing herself. I choose this picture because it is a very strong picture showing what sacrifice really means. The mother loved her baby so much that she would rather take the place of being shot than her child dying. She choose someone else over herself, and I believe that is the true definition of sacrifice.

"No one has ever become poor by giving"
-Anne Frank
By: Madison Varnier
Human Spirit

: the quality or state of being serene
This is a picture of Anne Frank at the beach. This was taken before she went into hiding. In Anne Frank's diary she writes that things were a lot more serene before the Nazi's came and the freedoms were limited for Jews like her. For example, she was allowed to go outside like seen in the picture. She also says people were not as racist or judging towards her and her fellow Jews. But during her hiding time Anne Frank writes in her diary that she forgives the Nazi's for being this way, and its not their fault. She has the personality for being serene because she can forgive something that is nearly impossible to forgive.

"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart." -Anne Frank
: a feeling or belief that you can do well or succeed at something

: the feeling of being certain that something will happen or something is true

: what happens in the future

: the things that someone or something will experience in the future
: one who lives in a world of fancy and imagination

: one who dreams
: having or showing true and constant support or loyalty

: deserving trust
: the quality or state of being free

: liberation from the power of another
: a controlled, polite and pleasant way of behaving

: a virtue coming from God
: the quality or state of being human
: something that makes someone want to do something or create something
: the state of being successful or thriving
: the ability to resist being moved or broken by a force
: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something

: a feeling that causes you to act
: something done, achieved or accomplished successfully

: the successful completion of something
: an exciting or dangerous experience

: the encountering of risks
: a feeling of being grateful for something

: an ability to understand the worth or quality of something
: a promise to do or give something

: an act of committing to a charge or trust
: to be lasting or durable

: to continue to exist in the same state or condition
: a quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
: a feeling of appreciation or thanks

: the state of being grateful
: respect that is given to someone who is admired

: a good name or public esteem
: the process or result of using laws to fairly judge people

: the quality of being just, impartial, or fair
: the quality that allows someone to continue trying something even though it is difficult
: a feeling of admiring someone or something that is valuable, important, etc.

: the quality or state of being esteemed
: the feeling that you care about and are sorry about someone elses trouble grief misfortune etc.

: a sympathetic feeling
: the work done by people who work together as a team to do something
: belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc.
: approval that allows or helps you to do something

: something that helps you or brings happiness
: the quality of being fair and truthful

: the quality of being honest
This is a picture of men that were recently freed from the concentration camp. They are so happy that they are throwing their hats up in celebration. This picture represents accomplishment because for these men it is an accomplishment that they survived throughout all the horrors of the concentration camp. These men are not only celebrating life, but celebrating their freedom as well. After the camps were liberated these men and others were allowed to once again live their own lives with freedom and given their rights back.

"There are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win."
-Elie Wiesel

This is a picture of the secret Annexe that Anne Frank lived in for two years. Anne wrote in her diary of her daily life in that house, how chaotic and drama filled it was. But she also wrote how it was like a vacation or adventure that went on for a long time. I believe that even though the situation that forced them to go into hiding was dreadful, that Anne Frank made the best of it and decided to make it into an adventure while she was there. She writes of the many stories, fights or "discussions" that the families had in the Annexe, and we realize through all of their actions they are happier to be on this adventure than have the other option. Even in the end when they were all sent to concentration camps they were glad they had this long to live the adventure in the Annexe.

“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”
-Anne Frank

This is a picture of Anne Frank and her friend as little kids playing. The picture was taken pre-Holocaust and before when her and many others families freedoms were stripped away. When the Nazi's overtook Amsterdam and other regions, they took away Jews rights. This included riding bikes, a curfew, wearing the yellow star of David, and other things. When Anne went into hiding, she started to realize all the things she had taken for granted, and began to appreciate those things more. It shows that people don't take into consideration how good they have something until its gone.

“If I had known what the next six years of my life were going to be like, I would have eaten more. I wouldn't have complained about brushing my teeth, or taking a bath, or going to bed at eight o'clock every night. I would have played more. Laughed more. I would have hugged my parents and told them I loved them. But I was ten years old, and I had no idea of the nightmare that was to come. None of us did.”
― Alan Gratz, Prisoner B-3087

This is a picture of inmates at the Allach concentration camp after being freed. Some were so overjoyed that they climbed the flag pole to celebrate. They were happy because they survived and they didn't have to live the horrible way the Nazis made them live anymore. This is a strong representation of freedom because once American troops liberated concentration camps like this one, thousands of people were set free. These people were once again given their rights to live like a normal human being, they were liberated from the power of the Nazis and allowed to live the lives of freedom that they had before the Holocaust.

"Jews survived all the defeats, expulsions, persecutions and pogroms, the centuries in which they were regarded as a pariah people, even the Holocaust itself, because they never gave up the faith that one day they would be free to live as Jews without fear."

-Jonathan Sacks

This is a photo of Anne Frank. In my opinion, Anne Frank was a blessing from God to the world. This girl had such a brilliant and individual mind unlike any other, that is why she is so well known. She shared with us the thoughts of a young girl during the Holocaust through her diary. At that point in time her thoughts were normally ignored, so she wrote them down instead. She was a blessing because she taught us to be less selfish about the bad things in our life and to hold on to our own opinions.

"Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?"
-Anne Frank
This is a picture of Mr.Frank, Miep Gies, Bep Voskuijl, Johannes Kleiman, and Victor Kugler. These people helped the Frank family and the Van Pel family when they were hiding. Formally Mr.Frank's workers, they were the main reason that the two families were able to hide from the Nazis for so long. Without their commitment in helping them live, things wouldn't have turned out the way they did. These workers risked their lives in order that others may live. They put in a lot of commitment to the Jewish families they were hiding, while the families had to trust them with their lives.

"Never have they uttered a single word about the burden we must be, never have they complained that we were too much trouble."
-Anne Frank
This is a picture of an entrance to a concentration camp. The sign is German and it translates to "Work will make you free." Many Jews and others who went through gates like these into concentration camps had no idea what was going to happen. They didn't know anyone who had come out there alive. The only thing they had was that sign went they entered the camp. They had to put confidence into themselves that the sign was true and that if they worked hard enough they would be set free. This sign was a lie to the prisoners, the Nazis lied to make them work harder. But I believe that the broken promise told in the sign gave many of them confidence to live and later on survive.

"It is the camp law: people going to their death must be deceived to the very end.”
― Tadeusz Borowski
This is a picture of Jews and other victims just arriving at a concentration camp. They are told to line up in gender lines. Usually what would happen after this is the Nazis judging if the people were up to working in their camps. If not, they would be stripped of all their possessions and sent to die. If chosen to work, they would begin a long and tragic battle to survive. One infamous person who decided ones destiny was Joseph Mengele. He chose the Jews destiny; if they were fit and old enough they would live. This picture is a good representation of destiny because it shows all those people, awaiting to be told their own destiny by another person; a destiny of life or death. It also shows the destiny that Jews unknowingly chose in just simply being Jewish.

“What exactly was the difference? he wondered to himself. And who decided which people wore the striped pajamas and which people wore the uniforms?”
― John Boyne

This is a picture of one of the death marches that Jews had from one camp to another. These were long mile long walks that could takes days. Many Jews died on the way, from either exhaustion, starvation or being shot. I choose this picture because it took a lot of determination to complete one of these walks. The walk already being hard enough on its own, walking it while starving was nearly impossible, and if you quit the penalty was death. I believe it takes a lot of determination to survive this difficult event.

"An endless road. Letting oneself be pushed by the mob; letting oneself be dragged along by a blind destiny. When the SS became tired, they were changed. But no one changed us. Our limbs numb with cold despite the running, our throats parched, famished, breathless, on we went."
-Elie Wiesel

This is a picture of Anne Frank. I chose this picture because i would describe Anne as a dreamer. In her diary she writes about many things that she wishes would happen, including her being able to live a normal life again since she cant do much in hiding. She also talks about a future in which there is peace and no discrimination against Jews. Her personality was very dreamy, in her diary she talks about how she isn't acknowledged as much as she wants. Thus she keeps her thoughts to herself and it causes her to be a dreamer.

"I simply cant build my hopes on a foundation of confusion, misery and death... I think peace and tranquility will return again.
This is a picture of an family listening to the radio. At the time, many people did not know what was going on in Europe with the Jews, even if they did they couldn't or didn't do anything about it. If the definition of enduring is to continue in the same state, that's what many people did. They knew of all the horrible things happening to the Jews but they just stood by and didn't help until it was too late. I choose this picture because i thought it represented what the situation of a average family listening to news of the war was like.

"The radio even weren't allowed to say there was a Holocaust and people were being killed right, left and center in these terrible camps."
-Patrick Macnee

This is a picture of survivors, after being liberated from concentration camps, going to a church service. I choose this picture because all these people who went through the torture of the concentration camps didn't give up on God even through all they went through. I think that still believing in a religion that you are persecuted makes someone very faithful to that religion. I feel like everyone in that picture is faithful because they didn't give up on God even when it seemed so easy to.

"I have not lost faith in God. I have moments of anger and protest. Sometimes I've been closer to him for that reason."
-Elie Wiesel

This is a picture of Margot Frank, Anne Frank's sister. I choose this picture because in Anne's diary she describes Margot being kind and graceful, unlike herself. Margot was described as being perfect in Anne's eyes and in Mrs. Frank's eyes. Even though I doubt this, I do think that Margot was a example of grace, she would have to be to support her family in times like the Holocaust.

"Courage is grace under pressure."
-Ernest Hemingway

This is a picture of men from the Holocaust after being liberated from the concentration camps. They all have smiles on their faces, something that would of been hard then. I chose this picture because these men look grateful that they were freed. Most thought that they were going to die in the concentration camps, but instead American troops came and freed them. Holocaust survivors tell about how they are grateful for the things that they have everyday, from their freedom to a bed with covers to sleep in.

" I wondered when I had ever been so fortunate as to have something so simple as a toothbrush. Piece by piece, bit by bit my life was coming back together."
-Alan Gratz, "Prisoner B-3087"
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: the action or sound of laughing

: a sound of or as if of laughing
This is a picture of Nazis, and their infamous leader Adolf Hitler. I chose this picture because Nazi's were known to be very unhonest yet at the same time true to their word. During the Holocaust Nazis were untrustworthy because many reasons. An example would be telling families that they are going to be taken to villages in the "east" when in reality they were being taken to concentration camps. In the perspective of being honest, Hitler kept his word when he said he wanted to exterminate Jews and that he believed it was the final solution. This group of people did not care about how their choices affected others as long as they got what they wanted. The Nazis were honest where they wanted to be but they were mostly lairs in order to convince people to do what they want.

"It is not truth that matters, but victory."
-Adolf Hitler
This is a picture of American troops giving a man water after liberating that concentration camp. I chose this picture because I honour all of these people; those who were fighting for their own freedom and those who were fighting for others freedom. These people deserve honour because of all the things that they went through, concentration camps, and battles alike. Since these people are so brave others should honour them because of their experiences and services. I also believe that those who didn't make it and passed away becuase of the Holocaust and war should be honoured as well because they had given up their own lives for something that was unfair and cruel to them or for their country.

"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."
-Winston Churchill

This is a picture of the victims of Jews being packed up into cattle cars. They are traveling to go to a Concentration camp. Many people died in cattle cars like these because of the poor conditions, some included starvation, fighting, sickness, and others. Plus these people were packed in there so tight that they couldn't move around at all, which meant they couldn't use the bathroom or lie down. I chose this picture as one of humanity because it was against humanity to Nazis to treat people this way. These people were treated worse than animals, the Nazis took away their humanity. It was even worse in concentration camps where there they were stripped of their possessions, and forced to die or work.

"Surely there is no more wretched sight than the human body unloved and uncared for."
-Corrie ten Boom
This picture is of Elie Wiesel and his book Night. Night is about Wiesel's experience as being a teenager Jew in the Holocaust. He talks about ghettos, concentration camps, and multiple other incidents that really happened to him. Wiesel got the inspiration from the Holocaust to write his book. He wanted to tell the world about the horrors so that they would not forget and the same thing would not happen again. His story has even inspired other survivors to tell their story.

"I decided to devote my life to telling the story because I felt that having survived I owe something to the dead. and anyone who does not remember betrays them again."
-Elie Wiesel

This is a picture of the Nuremberg Court Trials. These trials were aimed at German political and military leaders that committed crimes in the war. The Holocaust was the majority of the charges for all their crimes against Jews. I chose this picture because it is the closest thing that represented justice in the Holocaust. So many people had their rights violated by the Nazis, it was no where close to justice for them. After this case German political and military leaders were sent to jail or killed (out of the ones that did not commit suicide or run away) but these punishments can never make up for their crime against humanity.

"Fairness is what justice really is."
-Potter Stewart

This was found on a piece of paper from a woman in a concentration camp. This proves to show that the Jewish people were so faithful, and forgiving that they forgave the horrible things that the Nazis did to them.
This is a picture of Anne Frank. I chose this picture because i believed that Anne would of needed passion to create her diary. I think that the Holocaust, being already overwhelming as a teenage girl, put a lot of stress on her and gave her thoughts that she wanted to express. Thus this turned into her passion to create her diary and led to making that diary one of the most important artifacts of the Holocaust.

"How wonderful is it that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."
-Anne Frank
This is a photo of one of the textile work buildings in a concentration camps. Jews were forced to work in places like these or other places, for example rock quarries. Labor camps were difficult and if you didn't do your job right, you would die. Sometimes the Nazis made Jews work hard only to make them suffer. The only pay was a meager serving of food for that night. Jews and others who worked in camps like these would need to have a lot of persevering to get through work concentration camps like this one. In the end working hard would lead to surviving the Holocaust.

"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other."
-Walter Elliot

This is a picture of a Holocaust survivor and their tattoo. The tattoo is what the Nazis put on the Jews in order to identify them. I chose this picture because it represents prosperity after the Holocaust, that there is a life after what happened. Many Jews who survived the Holocaust became successful and lived the lives they did before. Its crazy how someone can go through all the terrible things of the Holocaust and live a normal life again. The only difference is new memories that would not be forgotten.

"That I survived the Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and live my life - that is what is abnormal.
-Elie Wiesel
This is a pictures of Jews in a concentration camp. I chose this picture because I believe that these people deserve respect. As you can see, these people have been abused and starved. They didn't do anything to deserve that and yet it happened. I think they ought to be respected because of what happened to them and because of their courage through the Holocaust. We should respect them by remembering the Holocaust and those who died in good heart. We should also respect them by telling their story in order to prevent something like this happening again. If we respect and remember the survivors and those who passed away in the Holocaust I think that it will prevent from something like this happening again.

"If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example."
-Anne Frank
This is a picture of the Frank family. I chose this picture for strength because i believe that they had a lot of strength. I think this because of all the struggles that they went through in the Holocaust. They had to abandon their old life and go into one of seclusion. Leaving the familiar behind would of take a lot of strength and they were up to the challenge. Even when they were taken away to the concentration camps, I believe they stayed strong because they could not be broken.

"The week fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!"
-Anne Frank
Faith Cont.
This is a picture of people mourning those who had died in the Holocaust. There was a lot a sympathy for the Jews during the Holocaust, but it wasn't enough to save them. It was only when the camps were liberated and people saw the truth of what had happened is when most felt sympathetic. There was millions of mourners all over the world for the Jews that had passed and their families. The problem was that peoples sympathy to the Holocaust got no one anywhere. Most merely sat by because they were afraid. Even the Jews didn't resist to their treatment. If people had gone past just being sympathetic and tried to resist and save the Jews we wouldn't have such a sympathetic and regretful feelings towards the Holocaust. I know now that if a situation like this was to occur to someone again I refuse to just be sympathetic and do nothing.

"Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator,
but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”
― Yehuda Bauer

These are pictures of a Holocaust memorial. The amazing thing about it is that a Middle School built this. Its a cattle car that has a glass case inside it filled with paperclips. The thing is though that each paperclip represents one person that died in the Holocaust, a rounded total of six million paperclips. People all around the world sent in paperclips in support of this project. I chose this picture because its a strong representation of teamwork from the students and people all over the world to accomplish an awesome memorial project like this.

"Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
-Mattie Stepanek

This picture is the cover of Schindler's list, a movie based on a true story. Basically what happens in the story is a business man named Oskar Schindler, who is a member of the Nazi party during the Holocaust, feel sympathetic towards the Jews. So he buys a factory and convinces other Nazis to have Jews transported there so they could "work" when in reality he kept them there so they would be safe. In the end Schindler ended up saving 1,000 plus Jews. I chose this picture as trust because those Jews that he kept would have to trust him with their lives that they would not die. I think that trusting someone with your life is hard and it takes a lot of trust, and at that time it was the most difficult to trust anyone.

"The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool."
-Stephen King
This piece of work is dedicated to all the victims of the holocaust.

“Summer came.
For the book thief, everything was going nicely.
For me, the sky was the color of Jews.

When their bodies had finished scouring for gaps in the door, their souls rose up. When their fingernails had scratched at the wood and in some cases were nailed into it by the sheer force of desperation, their spirits came toward me, into my arms, and we climbed out of those shower facilities, onto the roof and up, into eternity's certain breadth. They just kept feeding me. Minute after minute. Shower after shower.”
― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
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