Friday, November 7, 2008

Unforgettable Stories


(This is a picture of Elie with his two sisters and mother.)
He was able to do this by reliving every horrid moment of his time spent there. This was something so significant that he could not forget it, no one could. So instead of trying to repress the memories he wrote them in a memoir about his time in this hell. He wanted everyone to know the Germans really were bad and how horrible the Jews were treated. We do not think everyone has to repress the bad memories, but that some people deal with their pain by reliving everything that happened. The only way to move on is to relive every detail and get it out in the open. If those kinds of memories were repressed they would tear you up inside and make you go insane. He was probably able to give such detail because he never forgot anything. There would be no way to forget the details because they make the story what it is. To forget the details would be to forget the story.
We think that it is very important for the survivors to tell their story because it gives others insight about what really happened, without their stories the truth would be lost. If history is known it is less likely to repeat itself.

Constana, Smartie Pants, Schveiner Schitzel, Pop Tart, Crouching Tiger Hidden Shelby

12 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Good post guys!! :) We (the group at the table behind you) completely agree. We didnt even think about how writing the book may have been a way Elie moved on.

P.S. Love the names!!

katrinalogan said...

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Shelby E. said...

I never thought of it that way. Writing this book could have made him feel better inside by writing everything that happened. He wrote such great detail because how could he ever forget the things that happened to him. He seen people die, he hardly ate anything, barely had any clothes on his back, how could you forget that? I agree with your post, good job.

donnie p. said...

Yeah, the book could have been like a scream to let people know what was going on. I know that some times when im feeling bad that I will get a pad and pen and just let my thoughts flow onto the paper.

Lindee said...

I agree that people need to hear the Jew side of the story. The pain that they went through and the terrible things they had to witness. Also how you said that maybe writing about it was the only way to move on.

Kyle said...

I like the bottom section where you say, "...without their stories, the truth would be lost." I agree 100% with that answer. Its important to take in history from the people who actually witnessed it. Great post.

Michael said...

I like the last part of your post when you say "If history is known it is less likely to repeat itself" that is a powerful statement! Nice Job

Jack Marie said...

I like your last sentence! "If history is known it is less likely to repeat itself." It's true. While I'm learning more and more about what happened and who took place in the Holocaust and I still can't believe that a human would do that to another. Kill them, put them through a living hell, make them suffer. It makes me mad!!! Good post.

Shelby Lynn said...

I agree that is very important that survivors tell their story. I also liked the line ,"To forget the details would be to forget the story." When I read this book sometimes I stop and think how can this elderly man remember all these times, dates, numbers, what people looked like. It's amazing, really I give him props...I mean I can't even remember where I left my cell phone!

Andrea said...

I like your whole post. I really agree with why he told his survior story. And I like your answer to the second question. It is true, if we don't learn any truth to the matter. With learning the horrible truth about what the Jews had to live through during hell on Earth than it just makes it that much more real. Even though learning some of it builds an emotion inside of you, an unforgiving undescribable emotion.

Jackie G. said...

I like how your group did your post and how you described how he was able to put so much detail into his book. I agree with what you said in your post like how you have to relive the bad memories to go on with your life. That was a good post.

***SHANO THE DRAINO*** said...

I agree with your post. I also agree with why he told his story like he did and how your group said "this was something so significant that he could not forget it. I know i couldn't forget it if i went through one of these camps. Your group also went into great detail, nice post!