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What are some good questions to ask a Holocaust survivor?

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Did you see it coming? What were the signs?
Did you try to leave? If so, did anyone try to help?

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Where did they get the strength to carry on.

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What was it like!

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What's something that you want to forget ?

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That's hard...I would want them to tell me everything with details!

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Wow.... I guess if they wanted to talk... encourage them. I dont know what I would ask. I guess I would just have to be in front of them.... They might not want to talk about it at all. Depends on the individual. That was definitely hell on earth for that person.

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i think they're all dead, anyways.... i wouldn't ask them anything, i'm pretty sure they would want to forget that.....

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your so mean
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how? it's been like 80ish years since then... maybe a few are still around.
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your still mean
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whatever floats your boat, maylee's friend. lol
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i didn't mean that in any bad way....
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It's not mean..... Kinda like the last survivor for titanic died a few years ago.... It was a long time ago!
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agh, john dude, there's plenty of Holocaust survivors still alive, you know
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i heard everyone is dead from WW2, must be just the soliders then.
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i think that's just the Nazis
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you're so wrong lol you need to stick to fake stuff lmao!
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fake stuff?
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Greek gods....
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agh i see. but weren't all the Nazis that actually wanted to do it executed like a lot of them, hung like Adolph Eichmann and Ilse Koch, commited suicide like Hitler and Heinrich Himmler, died of some disease like that commander dude whose initials are FS, beaten up like that dude that was handed over to the Polish and died of his injuries, in a life sentence like a bunch of them, in hiding for the rest of their life like Dr. Mengele, or just dying otherwise? you know these people, right? because you're the WW2 expert.
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did i make you mad? XD
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nope :P
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i'm sorry for being an a lmao bye kiddo!
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you're not. bye kiddo :)
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Can I have some of your "mojo" to carry on if I ever find myself in such a predicament?

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wickedpissah

I wouldn't know what to ask them. I'd just give them a hug and cry.

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JuggaloPride

I wouldn't ask one that.

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Agh, Roland, where did you come from?! Ask if they ever thought they were at risk of being taken for a human experiment. But don't ask that, that's my question. Igh, that's a mean question. Never mind.

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The Holocaust refers to the period in Europe from June 30, 1933 through March 8, 1945. The survivors who are left were very, very young when these atrocities occurred and are in their late 70s or a bit older. Yet I am sure they still have nightmares. There are still people out there who believe it never happened. Once these survivors are gone, we will have only the history of what occurred to go by. We can never forget this happened. We cannot let it happen again.
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If they are willing to speak about it, be kind.
~What gave you the will to go on?
~Was there any one person you looked to for support?
~What do you want people now to know about what happened then?
~What can I do to help?
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If you are really interested in the Holocaust, do research, read as much as you can. There were so many factors that led to this tragedy. They did not just overnight put Jews into concentration camps. It all started with a depression in Germany. Hitler came to power because he was a master manipulator and he told the German people what they wanted to hear. Ask.com is not really the place to go into all of this as the subject is too large to go into more detail.

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They would have to have been pretty young to be a survivor but if they could remember what it was like I would ask why didn't you fight back? Why did everyone just walk to their death? There was way more of them then the Nazi's. This is something I have never understood.

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Well maybe because they were little kids!! Most of the adults that survived have already passed away.
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And the nazis were much more organized. They had plans.
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Propaganda. They made them think it was temporary living quarters that was fun and productive. Then it was plain fear and no way protect themselves as they were disarmed.
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bigred, in answer to your question, i know someone who was in Auschwitz when he was 14. he's still alive. the Jews probably could have fought back if they took action sooner, but they had no idea what was happening. they were taken from their homes, put in the ghettos, then stuffed into cattle trains and taken to concentration camps. by then, they were defensless, extremely weak, they were against Nazi guards with machine guns and stuff, and they still didn't even know what was going on. they didn't walk to their deaths on purpose. it happened to many people that they were told they were supposed to take a shower, but they were actually being taken to gas chambers. most people didn't try to fight back, revolt, or escape because the punishments for those things were very severe.
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I still don't understand why they allowed themselves to be put on those trains in the first place. One machine gun per thousand people, some could have survived. NO ONE fought back. They were like sheep led to slaughter. They could smell the burning flesh. Whole towns could smell it. Even if it was futile to fight back or run, I would have done it for even the slight chance of surviving.
It seems they didn't even disagree when they were first being demonized. They should have at least spoke up in their own defense. I realize fear can paralyze people but come on, they could have organized some kind of defense right at the get go.
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There was more then one machine gun per thousand and plus who said it was just machine guns they had tanks, gas, and flame throwers. The Germans putting the people on the trains were trained millitary and they thought that it was a temporary living quarters as aikenback52 said. They only saw what Adolf Hitler wanted them to see. You need to read up more befor you comment on historical events.
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