Oh boy, you guys I’m really excited to write this one.
So recently I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on the Internet. I find myself scrolling through endless comments about President Trump or the Women’s March, but sadly it’s mostly fluff. It’s either people attacking points of view they can’t relate to or people just lacking empathy all together.
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of visiting the Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust (LAMOTH for short). The most haunting thing about that museum was the countless number of artifacts were all encased in glass. I sometimes feel that I don’t understand how or why something like the Holocaust could have occurred, but then I remember the word empathy. Umong the swastika flags tucked away in glass draws and cases full nazi propaganda there were pictures of ordinary faces.
I’ve spent a lot of time reading about the what happend to the Jewish population in Europe under Adolf Hitler and the restrictions placed on a specific group of people as a means of scapegoating. I read these things over and over but something was still missing; outrage from the groups not being effected. I say this because the Jews, liberals, and communist were being blamed for something that could have easily been explained had enough people used empathy and had chosen to educate themselves.
Germany’s economic crisis had not been caused by a lack of nationalism that was under attack by the Jews and other groups of people in the country at the time.
Germany’s economic status and political unrest in the country came by way of the Treaty of Versailles.
The Treaty of Versailles was a peace treaty between Germany and the Allied powers that was signed at the end of World War One.The treaty forced Germany to reduce the size of its military substantially and did not allow the country to obtain certain weapons. The treaty also forced Germany to pay reparations and stripped the country of all of its colonies. Although Germany had little to no part in the drafting of this document, it was now their countries problem.
So what does all that mean?
The issues in Germany were extremely complex, far more complex than probably most common people in Germany at the time could comprehend.
When the people heard a politician speak about restoring Germany to it’s former greatness and removing the plight that was the Treaty of Versailles they brought it. They chose a simple answer to complex problem instead of the messy task of challenging a political figure who’s promises were quite frankly ridiculous. The picture he painted of Germany was a lie personally manufactured for the frightened masses.
Silence, lack of education, and a lack of empathy lead to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the many fascist polices that lead to the death of many people and the launch of the second World War. Fear of what was uncomfortable to certain people lead to Adolf Hitler.
Hitler destroyed Germany on his quest for a unified more German Germany
I believe empathy could have saved Germany.
I believe education on the part of the people could have saved Germany.