These people did what no one else wanted to

These people did what no one else wanted to do. They stood up to the conflict and did what they were told not to. They made an impact on the world with their bravery during a time of war.

They were considered heroes even if they didn’t survive the war. The people I am talking about are Elie Wiesel, Winston Churchill, Georg Duckwitz, Irena Sendler, Raoul Wallenberg, and the Danes. These people best responded to conflict by confronting the conflict at then helping to solve it.

The reason standing up to conflict is the best way to respond to it is because if you stand up to conflict, you get more appreciation that people who don’t. Elie Wiesel is an example of this. “Wiesel’s efforts to defend human rights and peace throughout the world earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor, and in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize.” In the AOW, Wiesel turned into a human rights activist after his experience in the Holocaust where most of his family died. He received a Nobel Peace Prize for his actions he took over the oppression of minorities. Another example of being recognized is from Elie Wiesel as well. “He received more than 100 honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.” In the Elie Wiesel AOW,  he receives a surplus of awards for his actions he took as a human rights activist.

Even though some might say that avoiding a conflict can be recognizable, taking action over a conflict will still get more recognition than people who don’t do anything about it but hide.Another reason standing up to conflict is the best way to respond to it is because if you stand up to conflict, you can encourage others to join in as well and help others out. Winston Churchill is an example of this. “A war cabinet has been formed to five members, representing, with the Labour, Opposition, and Liberals, the unity of the nation.” In “Blood, Toils, Tears, and Sweat”, Winston Churchill stands up to Axis Powers by attacking them by encouraging the people of England to fight and join the army to fight against the Axis Powers. Another example of encouraging others is Georg Duckwitz and the Danes. “On September 28, 1943, Georg Ferdinand Duckwitz, a German diplomat, secretly informed the Danish resistance that the Nazis were planning to deport the Danish Jews.

The Danes responded quickly, organizing a nationwide effort to smuggle the Jews by sea to neutral Sweden. Warned of the German plans, Jews began to leave Copenhagen, where most of the almost 8,000 Jews in Denmark lived, and other cities, by train, car, and on foot. With the help of the Danish people, they found hiding places in homes, hospitals, and churches.” In the text, the people who fight against the Nazis encourage more people to join in as well. With the success rate of protecting the Jews, more people start to join them to stand up to the Nazis. Some people might say that even if you avoid the conflict you can still make others join in as well. But, more people would more likely follow people who take action against the conflict and not hide.

The last reason standing up to conflict is the best way to respond to conflict is because if you stand up to conflict, it has more of an impact of solving the conflict than avoiding it. Examples of this are two heroes known as Irena Sendler and Raoul Wallenberg. They both helped to save Jews and transport them to safe places. Wallenberg saved about 100,000 Jews from being transported and killed by the Nazis. Meanwhile, Sendler saved tons of Jews in the ghettos from getting killed from typhoid. In this text, it portrays that these heroes are making more of an impact on the conflict by saving the Jews. Another example of this is the Danes helping the Jews from getting killed as well.

“The Danish rescue effort was unique because it was nationwide. It was not completely successful, however. Almost 500 Danish Jews were deported to the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia. Yet even of these Jews, all but 51 survived the Holocaust, largely because Danish officials pressured the Germans with their concerns for the well-being of those who had been deported. The Danes proved that widespread support for Jews and resistance to Nazi policies could save lives”.

This text portrays that the Danes cared about the people of their country and tried to protect the Jewish families that were going to be killed. They would then help to save thousands of Jewish lives from being killed by the Nazis. Some will say that you can make an impact by avoiding the conflict by doing whatever they can to help. But, you can’t make much of an impact from hiding but instead by taking action because you can stop the people causing the conflict like what the unknown heroes did.