Rachel
Our nation is corrupted by violence, cruelty, racism, injustice, and poverty. Through the years people have continued to solve issues by excluding minorities, humiliating people, controlling their beliefs, and taking away what is most important to them. Anne Frank, a 15 year old inspiring author's life was ended in the midst of the Holocaust just because she was Jewish. Martin Luther King was assassinated as a result of his determination for African Americans to be judged solely on their personality and love for others. Lastly, Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy were ruthlessly murdered because people did not believe that African Americans deserved the right to be free and accepted in this world we know as America. Currently in America, people are targeting religions and judging them based on what they believe. Hilda Mantelmacher was a young girl just like you and me, but because she followed the religion of Judaism her birth records were destroyed, her head was shaved, she was tortured viciously, and her parents, little brother, and grandparents were killed. On November 11th, 2016 Hilda Mantelmacher a real life survivor of the Holocaust visited Swatara Middle School. She reminisced and retold the stories of the Holocaust through her beautiful eyes. Even though she doesn't even remember her birthday or age, she says that every day is her birthday. Every day she takes time out to celebrate just waking up to hear the birds chirp and the sun shine, radiating the Universe. During her time in the Holocaust she remembers being ripped from her father, as the guards separated them. She remembers how much she used to love her little brother, Josh. Hilda said that the only reason why she is alive today, is because of her constant hope for better and her strong belief in God. When all hope was lost and she laid tired, hungry, and sick she remembered that God was on her side and that she was not alone. Although everything that Hilda ever cared about was taken away, she still had love in her Heart. She continues to spread her message of love, hope, and kindness when all is lost. Hilda does not hate the people that killed her family or hurt her, but instead she prays for them and shares her stories of courage through the people like Hitler, who lead an army to destroy an entire culture and religion. For years Hilda has had to deal with the horrors of war, however she continues to stay positive and motivated for what the future will bring.
Adolf Eichmann at Trial1961.jpg
Adolf Eichmann at Trial1961.jpg
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S33882, Adolf Hitler retouched.jpg
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S33882, Adolf Hitler retouched.jpg
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Müller, Heinrich.jpg
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1969-054-16, Reinhard Heydrich.jpg
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1969-054-16, Reinhard Heydrich.jpg
Hermann Goering - Nuremberg2.jpg
Hermann Goering - Nuremberg2.jpg
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S72707, Heinrich Himmler.jpg
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-S72707, Heinrich Himmler.jpg