Using Viktor Frankl, Hitler, and Sartre sources to show that we have to make our own choices: :"Lessons in Choosing"

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The end of The Great War left the Second German Empire in shambles. Inflation and food shortages in the nation were enormous and beyond belief. These problems were said to be caused mainly by the Jewish population. Anti-Semitism, this hostility towards the Jews was seen as a religious and social problem. But amongst the rubble, a man by the name of Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) joined the German Workers' Party which later became known as the NAZI party. By using his clever writings, propaganda knowledge, and great speaking skills, Hitler quickly rose to power within the political party with his ways to help the nation rid it of the Jewish burden. Hitler's justification of why Germany should get rid of the Jews, as well as other extremities, and his plan on how to rid the country of them is written in his book Mein Kampf ("My Struggle") (1924), which he wrote while serving a prison term.

It is his action of carrying out his ideas that sparked the Second Great War and The Holocaust. There are many lessons that can be learned from the era of Hitler's despotism and the Holocaust, but the idea that oneself can make a choice to live their own life as they see it stands out above the rest. The lesson to be learned from Hitler's Mein Kampf is that one must choose to take command and fight for what he believes is best for the people of his nation. Hitler established concentration camps as part of his plan to rid Germany of the Jews. Dr. Viktor E. Frankl (1905-1997) was a psychologist who was imprisoned in one of these concentration camps of the Holocaust. In his book Man's Search for Meaning(1959) he writes the life of the everyday man and what they were thinking and...