Antisemitism and The Book Thief

Antisemitism and The Book Thief
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  • Introduction
  • Acts of antisemitism have still been present during this time period. "Negative stereotypes" are given towards Jews because the pretext for being against them  is that are believed to be "an inferior race" towards every one else. 
  • "Hate crimes have drawn attention to white supremacist groups and other neo-Nazi organizations" (Reported).
  • Narration
  • "Antisemitism refrs to hatred, hostility, or prejudice directed towards Jewish people as a religious, cultural, or ethnic group" (Antisemitism)
  • Confirmation - Novel
  • "She's blond, but has brown eyes, not the color eyes you want to have if you live in Germany during these times" (Zusak, 324).
  •  Anyone with eyes other than blue, and hair other than blond could be a target for the Nazis.
  • People of different cultures or beliefs shouldn't be discriminated against by being given labels the moment you see them just because of what others say. 
  • Confirmation - Research
  • "There were 938 reported Jewish hate crimes in 2017, followed by 273 anti-Islamic, and there is still less than 80 incidents for all other beliefs"  (Reported).
  • Antisemitic actions towards others for any reson is never good because it causes many "crimes, immigrations, persecution, and violence" (Antisemitism). Those affected most likely feel unsafe and vulnerable to everyone that just glances at them.
  • Concession / Refutation
  • "Where it is cultural, sympathy for a particular hatred may become a widely shared and enduring element in the normal state of affairs of a group of people. Even more important, the prejudice may become systematically organized to reward individuals who are bigoted and cruel and to punish those individuals who are caring and respectful of differences"(Levin).
  • You were criticized and were looked at as suspicious just because of your appearance. If you didn't fit the specific German standards, you were immediately considered a bad person who no one should be associated with.
  • Conclusion
  • When people are locked on a negative mindset, they reccur to "fixing" the problem their way.  Multiple Antisemitic events that occur are left with a result in " which a large proportion of Jews are murdered" (Levin).
  • " Robert Bowers committed the most fatal act of violence against Jewish people on US soil when he murdered eleven people and wounded six others with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania" (Antisemitism). This is just one example of the many acts that occur in the lives of all those who face prejudice in their day to day life.
  • "Motivated Anti-Jewish offenses in 2017 were 696 events of destruction, damage, and vandalism. Intimidation with 179 and next would be 61 incidents of simple assault" (Report).
  • Many factors contribute to differentiating and not accepting any new people who we feel are not like us because we are afraid of change and the implications it brings along with it.
  • "Individuals separated by region, age, social class, and ethnic background all tend to share roughly the same stereotyped images of various groups" (Levin).
  • The most unwanted of events are certain to take place after some time that people can't hold on any longer to all of the hate that has accumulated. We should avoid discriminating people because no one wants to feel like they are less than others; treating everyone equally and with respect contributes to lessening the chances of any type of inequity towards eachother.
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