Writing Prompts - Reverend Bill Harris

Prompt 1

Reverend Harris states in his testimony,  “I remember thinking about such beautiful scenery around there, how there could possibly be hidden within that beautiful terrain such evil, death, and darkness, and terror, and torture, when nature itself just cried out against that sort of thing.” He noted that it would have been impossible for the surrounding villagers not to know what had been occurring right next to them. Write an essay that summarizes and analyzes Reverend Harris’s observation about bystander behavior. Be sure to cite strong and thorough evidence from the video to support your analysis.

Prompt 2

Please watch the video of Jimmy Gentry. Compare his experience in liberating Dachau to that of Bill Harris’ liberation of Ohrdruf. How were their experiences similar? How were they different? Write an essay that compares and contrasts their liberation experiences. Be sure to cite strong and thorough evidence from both sources to support your argument.