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Sebastian Hinds Mr La Bonne EHRSpd0 48 Guilt and Shame in The Reader The Holocaust was a tragic event in history which took the lives of many people and deeply affected those who witnessed the tragedy Not only did this affect the people who lived through it it also affected everyone who was connected to it The survivors were lucky to have made it but there are times when their memories and flashbacks have made them wish they were the ones who died instead of living with the horrible aftermath This is called survivors guilt The psychological effects of the Holocaust on people from different sides such as soldiers and German citizens and survivors of the ghettos and camps vary in many ways yet in others are profoundly similar Many contrasting opinions have been published about the victims and survivors of the Holocaust based on the writers different cultural backgrounds personal experiences and intellectual traditions However this had not only an effect on the victims but also on the people who were responsible for the atrocities An aspect of the Holocaust that is tapped in to very rarely is the psychological effect that their participation had on people like the concentration camp employees Did the horrors of what they had done haunt them forever How could they live with the guilt and shame Even Heroes who did everything they possibly could have felt extreme guilt about not having done enough In the scene in Schindlers List when he is saying good bye to all the people hes saved he breaks down and expresses the anguish he felt for having three people pinned to his shirt the golden pin another two on
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