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This week’s assignment is focused on the following quote, drawn from Holocaust-survivor Elie Wiesel’s 2003 speech on Holocaust Remembrance Day:
“To remember means to lend an ethical dimension to all endeavors and aspirations.”
This week’s sources, both primary and food for thought, highlight three important events from the 20th century that need to be remembered: the Holocaust, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japanese Internment in the U.S. during World War II. Wiesel’s quote suggests that truly remembering such events necessitates that we engage with our presents and futures ethically, which not only allows but requires us to create a world in which the ideologies and dreams to which we adhere do not create future atrocities.
For this week’s assignment, please write a 400+ word reflection that evaluates the extent to which we, as a society, have successfully answered Wiesel’s call to remember ethically. Your response must reference at least three items from Step 4 and/or Step 5 to get full credit.