Holocaust Reflection

How did the Holocaust happen?

laws were gradually implemented which both demonized groups which Hitler did not like and allowed the persecution of those groups to be legal.

How did group, location, and World War II events impact an individual’s experience?

Group – Jews, Socialists, Communists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma, homosexuals and the mentally ill were persecuted while those who did not fall into the above categories were left alone.
Location – Crimes were committed against those in Nazi-controlled countries, while those in countries under the control of the Allies were left alone. In addition, the specific concentration camp where one was incarcerated impacted the way a person was treated. Auschwitz was one of the worst.
World War II events – after D-Day, persecution decreased dramatically, most likely because the Germans were busy fighting.

Political Ideologies Reflection

What I learned about democratic socialism:

That a lot of emphasis is placed on social welfare programs, and people have a lot of individual freedom, but not as much as liberalism grants

Ideas my group came up with as to socialist ideas:

They would permit protesting, but not endorse it

What I found interesting about the activity:

Our clss is full of Facists.

What I found challenging about the activity:

giving the political opinions of Socialists while remaining politically neutral.

Perspectives on Multiculturalism

Many people have a preconcieved notion about people of color automatically not being able to speak fluent English. The man being interviewed in this video expresses his experiences with people’s assumptions about him because of race.

However, Canada is not all racist. The following article gives an example of that:

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/celebrate-canada-days/multiculturalism-day.html

I would say that despite incidents of racism, Canada is mostly a multicultural country.

What is the canadian identity?

There are a lot of stereotypes about Canadians. But the word stereotype has a bit of a bad connotation – prople think of it as unfounded. There are actually several stereotypes that are absolutely true, and in many cases are a large part of a Canadian’s everyday life. For example, please read through the following:

These things identfiy Canadians. For the most part, this is what foreigners and locals alike think when they hear the word Canadian. I myself admit to more than half these things describing me or my experience in Canada (I don’t drink coffee or beer).

 

Something else that defines Canada is its words. If one were to go to America and ask the price of a “toque” at a store, the person behind the desk would ask what in the world you’re talking about (I type from experience). And of course there is the ever-present “Eh”. The following article gives some information about the origins of these terms.

Five Canadian words and where they came from

If somebody from another era, say the Great Depression, read this, they’d probably not understand certain things which came after their time (e.g. The Stanley Cup), but in many ways would otherwise disagree with me for the most part. Most of the words mentioned in the article would either be very new, or as-yet nonexistent. Maple syrup would have been far too much of a luxury to be popular. Perhaps the only thing somebody from the 30s would agree with are Canada’s harsh winters, which likely claimed more lives then than now.