TAKING A STAND
“If I remain silent I may help my own soul, but because I do not help other people, I poison my soul. Silence never helps the victim. It only helps the victimizer. Faith, I think of the killer, and I loose all faith. But then I think of the victim and I’m innovated with compassion. “
– ELIE WIESEL
THE VOICE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS & DIGNITY
The following year, the historical theme was taking a stand in history. I chose to pursue a Holocaust related subject and research Elie Wiesel, a survivor who spoke out against racism and injustice, wrote many books, established a foundation, and eventually won a Nobel Peace Prize. Wiesel is a true inspiration to victims of hardship as his story is one of courage, hope, and perseverance. In addition to researching Wiesel’s life, I analyzed how modern day politics in America point to signs of the Nazi rise to power. I found this aspect especially significant to today’s era as the dangers we currently face are clear.
Although my personal community may not have such blatant cases of racial hatred, the only way to shape the ideals and values of the future is by learning from the past and mending the mistakes made. Let’s promote sparks of tolerance through our everyday actions.