Part VI- Essays
Please answer the following two questions in essay form.
1) Why are you applying to the American Service Program? Why do you think it is important for current and future members of the U.S. Armed Forces to study the Holocaust and the events surrounding it? (500 words or less).
2) Please choose one of the following quotes/ statements to comment on in essay format. Indicate at the top of your essay which statement you are writing about (600 words or less).
- " First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist - so I said nothing. Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social Democrat - so I did nothing. Then they came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist - so I did nothing. And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew - so I did nothing. Then when they came for me, there was no one left who could stand up for me." - Pastor Martin Niemöller
- "Monsters exist, but they are too few in numbers to be truly dangerous. More dangerous are... the functionaries ready to believe and act without asking questions." - Primo Levi, The Reawakening: The Companion Volume to the Survival in Auschwitz, pg. 228.
- "War, a struggle between 'our people' and 'the enemy,' creates a polarized world in which 'the enemy' is easily objectified and removed from the community of human obligation. War is the most conducive environment in which governments can adopt 'atrocity by policy' and encounter few difficulties in implementing it." - Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and The Final Solution in Poland, pg. 162.