Intolerance, Genocide and Discrimination

  1. Greetings All Nurses,

    I just finished watching "Anne Franks Diary" What an emotionally moving piece of non-fiction about man inhumanity towards man and how society can move for a change "right or wrong" based upon a few (minority) who gain political momentum! I am of German decent and I am ashamed of my heritage! During the war my Grandfather worked to biuld airplanes at "Wright Curtis" against Hilter's war machine. But I still feel guilt for what people did owards a group based soley on their gentic history or religious beliefs. This is much like what still goes on today against select groups of our society. I hate discrimination and biased people! I cried for just a moment (split second as I do not allow that to happen much or I would do it most of the time) at the conclusion of the film and felt the need to write, here about my thoughts! I hope no one is offended, but if you are, I hope you look for the rationale behind your feelings, anger is a secondary emotion!

    Peace,
    Jami
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  3. by   cargal
    Jami,
    I too, am from German decent. There are good and bad people from any ethnic group, as Pim said in the movie last night. My heart cried when I watched the show. I taped it for my daughter who went to bed. I feel this should be mandatory for all high schoolers and their parents. In the thread, what are your favorite books, I mentioned the book by Pat Conroy- "Beach Music", a rich wonderful book with a deep story line tracing to the holocaust, a book about love, family, pain and forgiveness. This book should be mandatory reading for all high schoolers. I highly recommend it.
    Ann Frank was so special. The story did leave out so much, I guess the focus was Anne herself, not so much the atrocities in the camps.
    I don't feel the guilt as you do, as much as I wander how a population can be controlled by someone as Hitler, and if it could ever happen again. It frightens me.

    Peace to you, Jami. Thanks for your thread,and I look forward to many posts on it.
  4. by   nursenel
    Know what???? YOU didn't do anything!!!! We cannot be held accountable for everything our forefathers did. Guilt? Unless you pulled the trigger why put that monkey on your back???? Live your life as God meant it to be lived. Take care of yourself and your family. Show a stranger a smile or a simple kindness. Hug a resident and tell s/he you love them. Please do not burden yourself with should or should nots from years and years ago!!!!!!
  5. by   jamistlc
    Originally posted by nursenel:
    <STRONG>Know what???? YOU didn't do anything!!!! We cannot be held accountable for everything our forefathers did. Guilt? Unless you pulled the trigger why put that monkey on your back???? Live your life as God meant it to be lived. Take care of yourself and your family. Show a stranger a smile or a simple kindness. Hug a resident and tell s/he you love them. Please do not burden yourself with should or should nots from years and years ago!!!!!! </STRONG>
    Thank you, but the fact remains all humans should be ashamed of what occurred and It took Pearl Harbor for us to get into it!

    I also truely believe those who do not rememnber the past are doomed to relive it, just look to Bosnia and how long ot took for the UN to intervene!

    I do not want to change this thread but people here in the Good Ol'e USA and elsewhere are subjected to biased, racist, sexist, discrimination everyday! For proff just look at our wages and other traditionally, stereotyped, occupations for women's wages!

    I know first hand. I am a white male and part of the qoute on qoute ruling class minority! I want to work Maternal Health and have met it (sexism) first hand on several occasions from my Nursing School, to a Direct Entry Midwife School I applied to that said "We do not train males", and Nurse Managers for Maternal Health with in interview stage who ask why a male would want to work in OB and how could we use or modify the care to accomindate utilizing me as a male here?, Duh as a nurse! The evil snakes head is still alive and taking its bites here and there, where ever people allow it to furish!

    Then there is the extremes of Police racial stereotyping with profiles or our fear of Muslim terrorists. These are just some of what I am talking about! Hitler just did not get up oneday and become a powerhouse, he moved against a common percieved enemy, labled them and utilized fear of them (actually it was a lack of awareness of the cultural differences) to motivated people to do those vile acts against a select group and he almost succeeded in Geocide! Now you tell me it was not me and to forget (not burden myself) the past, I do not think so, I have eyes! And a heart!

    Peace,
    Jami


    [ May 22, 2001: Message edited by: jamistlc ]
  6. by   Nrswannab
    Jami (and others) - At the end of the movie (and a box of kleenex!), I went into my sons' rooms and thanked God for them! I don't know what all they are going to face in life but I hope that they remember the lessons I've taught them about treating everyone equally. Our neighborhood is culturally diverse and all the kids play well together. If we (parents) set a good example for our kids by not displaying prejudices then our kids have a pretty good head start with this.

    Regarding Anne Frank: What a brave young woman she was! Her enthusiasm and appreciation for life should be rubbed off on all of us. Let's all take time out to listen to those birds chirping!
  7. by   Cindy_A
    If anyone has a chance, they should visit the Holocaust museum in Washington D. C. I took 3 hours to go through it, but i know I could have stayed longer. It was a very emotional and sad experience. I think we all would like to think that this does not happen any longer, but it is happening in Africa and the Middle East.
    This verse is attributed to Pastor Martin Niemoeller:

    In Germany they first came for the Communists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

    Then they came for me -
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.

    Something to think about!
  8. by   neonnurse2
    I lived in Germany for 4 years of impressionable teenage life. I remember watching "Holocaust, the story of the family Weiss" just days before actually moving there. I thought it was fiction until my parents told me about WW2. I walked the grounds of Dachau concentration camp and you can't possiblly imagine the incredible sadness that overwelmed me there. I was awed by seeing the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam, its amazing how the human spirit is stoked by hope in such horrible conditions. I even had the honor to see the American Cemetary at Normandy France, breathtakingly peaceful, yet sad yet I felt enormous pride. We have good times and bad times in this world of ours, life goes on.....love it, relish it, and never stop learning.
  9. by   rncountry
    Just curious, didn't any of you read the "Diary of Anne Frank" as a teenager? I did. I couldn't watch the movie because I knew it would break my heart. My mothers side of the family was also German. When I was a young girl I wanted my great grandfather to teach me German, he and my great grandmother both spoke it. He absolutely refused. It was the only time this very kind man was gruff with me. He told me we must forget we were German people at all, we were Americans only! Then he told me that he was ashamed to be from Germany because of what happened in the war. It was a burden he carried till the day he died. I do not feel that way. I am proud of each part of my heritage. Jamistic think of it this way. My fathers side of the family was Scotch-Irish. Should I hate the English for what they did to those two ethnic groups? His grandfather married a full blood Cherokee woman. My great grandmother. When I was a teenager I really got into all the bad things that the people of this country did to the Indians. Read Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown and you will see that the people of this country did things that make one ashamed of being an American, of being white. The Cherokees homeland was primarily in Georgia and the Carolinas. They were forcibly moved to Oklahoma. A couple of entire tribes were made extinct. The ones I remember are from California and Delaware. How many of you realize that Winnabagos are not just recreational vehicles. It was an Indian tribe. I do not look Indian at all, except for high cheekbones, should I hate the white part of me, the part of me that is visible to the world? Do not be ashamed of any part of you. Celebrate the good aspects of each part of your heritage.

    The quote by Cindy_A is a fantastic one. Used to have it on a T-Shirt. Wore it out. Simply take the lesson of man's inhumanity to man and apply it.

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