Critical Thinking/Discussion Questions - Menachem Limor
1. Read this quote taken from Elie Wiesel's Nobel Acceptance Speech delivered in Oslo, Norway on December 10, 1986- View The Entire Speech :
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.” ―Elie Wiesel
Are there situations in the world today where human dignity is in jeopardy? What can one individual do to make a difference? Discuss.
2. How do Menachem’s experiences in Czestochowa reflect the human dimension of the Nazi’s decision to make the ghettos temporary through the techniques of severe overcrowding and deliberate starvation?