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O1-Encountering Evil: Discussion Questions

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All questions are from O1: Encountering Evil.

Question: Why does studying the Holocaust matter? What can studying the Holocaust teach us?

Studying the Holocaust matters because we must learn about the mistakes humans have made in the past. Learning about the gruesome incidents that happened in the past can help us understand what the victims went through and how we can prevent it from happening again.

For example, if we learn about the Holocaust, we learn to speak up if something is going on and it’s being kept secret from the rest of the world. Speak up if you see hatred against an innocent group. It also teaches us that hate leads to unnecessary pain and war.

It is important to learn how hate can transform into a life of pain. It is important to learn about the signs that something fishy is going on. It is important to learn to speak up and defend innocent people who are only being hated for their race, ethnicity, religion, and more. It is also important to trust those who know the signs and know what’s going on and are trying to stop it.

Everything about the Holocaust is important, because another Holocaust is preventable. We just need to learn about history and learn about the itty-bitty details and not just jump to the worst of the historical horrors, because then we don’t learn how said horror happened and how we can stop another occurrence.

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