Rabbi Eliahou’s son left him during the death march from Auschwitz (Wiesel 86-87). Obviously the love and training the son had received were not enough to conquer starvation and fear. Elie, on the other hand, might have not defended his father from the brutality, but he stuck with his father to the end (Wiesel 103-104). When Elie felt that he had dishonored, or harmed his father he felt remorse. The fear and starvation had impacted him, but not enough to break his love and training. This is only an example of two individuals.
Another example of individuality in the Holocaust is Hermann Graebe. He saved more than three hundred Jewish survivors (Rittner and Myers 45).Hermann’s mother taught him as a child that Jews had feelings and were humans too. His love and training made him take risks to save Jewish lives. Although he did not face starvation, the fear of helping Jews made many Germans turn away. Hermann did not turn away, even though he must have felt fear. There were many other Germans that did help. Each German was an individual.
Another example comes from Europa Europa. In this movie, the lead character is exposed as a Jew to a German soldier and others. Still Solly was never betrayed by these individuals. Even after he had lived through the Holocaust without starving, his brother came forward and saved his life. The fear and starving did not stop Solly’s brother from saving his brother.
Some individuals could not face the challenge of remembering there love and training on the road to survival, but others did. The problem with generalizing the parties of the Holocaust is each individual becomes a lumped statistic. The Holocaust happened because of each individual act coming to the conclusion. Not every German was bad, not every Jew was good. All were human. They acted differently and should not be generalized.
"The Holocaust was not an accident in history--it occurred because individuals,