The first time the author was
told to think of a topic she wants to write about, two came into her mind
instantly. Because of that, she had to choose between two topics she thought
of, wormholes and the denial of the Holocaust. The author didn’t really have a
hard time choosing between the two. In truth, she regards both as equally
interesting, but in the end, she chose the latter, for her love in voicing her
thoughts on social issues speak louder than her love for the numbers and
equations one will surely encounter in talking about wormholes. To her,
speaking out, is also when you’re wrangling for something you think is worth
fighting for, and that is how the author sees the denial of the Holocaust up to
this day. A lot of people died, and some people still dare deny it, and that is
why it is worth talking about.
Honestly, it is
saddening how historical revisionism is becoming more and more rampant these
days. Historical Revisionism is basically altering history and forgetting or
denying important facts and information in order to truly change the way people
remember it (Williamson). One good example of a case of historical revisionism
is the denial of the Holocaust, but people seem to still mix the denial of the
Holocaust and Holocaust itself, which are two very different topics.
happened from 1933 to 1945. Six million Jews were burned to death in gas
chambers in Auschwitz, Germany (History of the Holocaust (Shoah), 2009). The
reason behind the event is that Germans, in that era, thought that people with
different religions and races, such as the Jews, are much inferior to them
(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, n.d.). Majority of the people that were killed were Jews, yet, still
a huge amount of people amounting up to 200,000 individuals outside the Jewish
circle were killed (History of the Holocaust (Shoah), 2009). According to the
same source, the term “Holocaust” basically means complete burning in Greek.
this paper is about, denial of the Holocaust, doesn’t have an exact date on
when it was exactly discovered. However, the distortion of the evidences that
support the event, started in 1942 (Holocaust Denial Timeline, 2018). Mass graves and
killing centers were destroyed by the Nazis, in order for them to hide the
truth. This is also when the understanding of the topic started. However,
unlike the discovery of the said subject, the understanding of this didn’t just
stop at one point in time. Up to now, studies and distortions of the past by
deniers are still being made to continue to prove that the Holocaust did not
when a number of evidences support that the Holocaust really did happen, some people still won’t give up on Holocaust
denial. Holocaust denial
is the idea that the facts
about the Holocaust that are usually stated
in studies and news, are nothing but mere exaggerations of what really happened
(What is Holocaust denial?, 2009). In addition to this, as stated by the same
source, Holocaust deniers think that the “exaggerations” of the reports of the
Holocaust are to support Jewish interests. One good example of a movie
depicting a case of denial of the Holocaust is the true to life movie “Denial”.
It was released in cinemas in 2016.
The film “Denial”
was based on a book by Deborah E. Lipstadt, an American Jewish historian. In
the movie, Lipstadt faces a legal case filed by Cannes Award winner, David
Irving, for calling him a Holocaust denier (Denial 2016 – Plot Summary, 2016).
In Lipstadt’s defense, her statement regarding Irving being a Holocaust denier
is supported by evidences.
English author whose works focus on the topic World War II, was defeated by
Lipstadt’s team in court. A lot of evidences that he presented to the jury were
proven wrong, including the one that states that the gas chambers aren’t
actually places for incineration, but places for delousing (Davis, 2017).
According to the same source, he also wrote in his study that Hitler did not
know about the Final Solution, which is the burning of the Jews using the gas chambers. In addition to this, the source also stated that Irving clung
too much to the easily proven wrong, making his stand and his façade
weaker to the eyes of the judge and the people
around him. Even if he was defeated
in court, after the case, he still believes that he is right, and is still
asking for support from deniers like him (Davis, 2017).
To some, it would
probably seem weird to treat an event of the past a discovery. However,
according to (Granit, 1972), a discovery isn’t just something that’s newly
found. It is so much deeper than that. A discovery has to break the “carapace
of dogma” in an already established view of a topic—in this case, an event.
This discovery does the exact thing.
When a lot of
deniers surfaced, a whole lot came up, too. The rule, or principle, rather,
before was that in no way should the victims of the Holocaust be treated with
disrespect. One should not even joke about the killings of the masses. Even the
gestures Hitler used to utilize are now being imitated by people who see
themselves as followers of the Führer. The idea that the event did not take
place managed to destroy a lot of unspoken rules that are respected.
Truth be told,
there are already crucial effects of the denial of the Holocaust that can be
seen. Because of the number of people spreading the word that the Holocaust did
not happen, a lot of people are getting harassed, especially the survivors.
Actually, because of this, people are also starting to be feral again towards
the want to be Nazis. Effects are also spread throughout the whole internet. A
lot of memes regarding the “falseness” of the Holocaust are still circulating
the social media sites. To some, it may seem harmless, but in truth, to many,
they are offensive and they contain hidden meanings of Holocaust denial.
effects and the type of discovery this is, it is harder to maintain peace and
tranquility once this discovery gets proven. If ever the denial of the
Holocaust gets regarded as true, other theories will be proven wrong. According
to (Granit, 1972), this type of discovery is something that has a probability
of being true, but not yet regarded as one because of the other theories
concerning the subject.
With that said,
to the author, the purpose of this paper is to enlighten people about an issue
that is widely addressed and unnoticed at the same time, and to also fight for
the rights to dignity of the Jews.
In writing this,
she also realized that she managed to preserve her identity and manage it well
in writing this paper. This topic has contributed so much to her preservation
of identity in ways that are hard to explain without going on in a ramble. To
simply put it, what the author understood from Granit is that the whole
preservation of identity depends on your decision on what you work with. In this paper, the author managed to listen to
her own thoughts and keep her distance away from the distractions that may
cause troubles in further educating herself on the topic.
take-away of the author from Granit’s “Discovery and Understanding” is that
understanding a topic will always be more fun than discovering it and not
really knowing how or why it works, or in this case, happen. She also really
liked the emphasis on the importance of the workers who don’t really discover
anything new, but nevertheless, become a big part of the people who soon discover
innovations and other mysterious topics that will be of big significance in the
she got from the text is that one is enough even if he or she doesn’t discover
something new. Being of help in discovering innovations and mysteries, is
already more than enough to fulfill one’s identity and purpose.
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