Today in social studies, we were talking about the Holocaust.
One of my classmates made a big speech about how anyone who was alive during the Holocaust that didn’t speak up against what the Germans were doing to minority groups was a chicken. His point was that anytime that you see something bad happening, you HAVE to speak up -- and that if you don’t, you aren’t a good person.
I’m not sure that I agree with him. While I agree that we SHOULD speak up when we see something bad happening -- especially something as bad as the Holocaust -- I don’t think it is always that easy.
Take living in Germany for example: I bet that all of your neighbors and friends in school would either agree with Hitler’s decisions or be afraid of the consequences of disagreeing in front of everyone else. I know that’s how I feel when I see friends making bad choices. Even though I know the choices are bad, I don’t always speak up because I don’t want to make enemies.
I want to find some interviews to read of people who were alive during tough times like the Holocaust to see if they ever felt bad about what was happening -- and to see what (if anything) they did about it.