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by Brianna Aguirre

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  I was never directly affected by the events that occurred during the second world war. But I can say that I experienced a lot of its tragedy. I wasn’t a Nazi nor was I a Jew I was simply a spectator. (1)It all began in 1941, I was 19 years old and I lived in a small town. I had a good job working in a library and I liked it because I knew everyone who came in.  
(6)The Nazis believed that Jewish people were a separate race, but they were wrong. (7)The Nazis came to power legally.(8)People only supported Hitler because he promised them what they wanted and needed to hear. 

 While I was working at my local library I met someone who is now considered my best friend. We both lived together in a tiny house. And everything started happening so quickly,(2) people were putting up posters of how much they hate the Jews for what they have done. But I don't know what the Jews have done nor why people hate them so much, I was questioning everything. 
 After a few days I decided to go to one of Adolf Hitler speech.(3) While he was speaking he sounded so confident and committed.(4)Thousands of people attended his speech and they all had a Nazi symbol on them.(5)I also noticed that there was flags and tapestries of the Nazi symbol.
 Later through the day, while I was walking home thinking about his speech and I saw Nazi soldiers knocking at a Jews house. I started walking slowly to try and see what was happening. I saw two parents and two kids. One of the kids looked like he was fourteen and there was also a little girl who looked like she was ten.(9) The Nazi soldiers started grabbing the Jews and taking them to some concentration camp. They were all crying and screaming in terror. My heart sank as I ran back home to tell my friend what was going on. As I got home I saw her shaking and crying and scared for her life. I didn’t understand why she was crying and I tried talking to her but she couldn't speak. She caught her breath and started telling me that she was scared and I asked why, as she was telling me I was shocked and speechless. At first I didn't believe her but her crying and shaking made me think otherwise. 
(6)The Nazis believed that Jewish people were a separate race, but they were wrong. (7)The Nazis came to power legally.(8)People only supported Hitler because he promised them what they wanted and needed to hear. 

 Later through the day, while I was walking home thinking about his speech and I saw Nazi soldiers knocking at a Jews house. I started walking slowly to try and see what was happening. I saw two parents and two kids. One of the kids looked like he was fourteen and there was also a little girl who looked like she was ten.(9) The Nazi soldiers started grabbing the Jews and taking them to some concentration camp. They were all crying and screaming in terror. My heart sank as I ran back home to tell my friend what was going on. As I got home I saw her shaking and crying and scared for her life. I didn’t understand why she was crying and I tried talking to her but she couldn't speak. She caught her breath and started telling me that she was scared and I asked why, as she was telling me I was shocked and speechless. At first I didn't believe her but her crying and shaking made me think otherwise. 
   As I tried to process everything I finally spoke and said “What are we going to do? Why didn't you tell me earlier that you were a Jew?”. We both sat there in silence for what felt like a long time. After a few minutes I said “ We can’t let people know that you are a Jew. I don't want anything bad to happen to you, I can't lose you”. We both were saying that this is a crazy idea and how we are going to make it work. I sat back down again and was trying to figure out a way that we can make it work. And then shortly I said “ Well first you don't look like a Jew. You have blonde hair and have the features of a German.” Mary then started to think it was a good idea but I did tell her that she isn't allowed to go outside or anywhere until this tragedy eventually ends. 

I just have to pretend that everything that they are talking about is good. But sometimes it's hard, (10)there are millions of innocent people dying and it is completely not fair. Everyone who thinks it is a good thing is a monster. I just can't help but think of all the (11)innocent people and children that are being murdered and without emotion they just kill them like its nothing! (12)This is simply genocide. 
  A couple months have gone by and everything was going good. Mary sometimes does get frustrated that she isn't allowed to go anywhere and we both want this to end but she knows it's for her own good. I still go to my work and every time someone talks to me about what is going on I can’t show any sympathy or else they will get suspicious of me.
After almost two years Mary still couldn't leave the house but she kept herself entertained most of the time. I took her books from the library that I work at and she enjoyed that. Then it was a Wednesday afternoon and I was closing the library. This girl that I haven't talked to in a long time asked me something that left me speechless. She asked me “how are you doing with Mary?” I got so nervous and it all depended on me to not look suspicious. I then decided to say “It’s been going good, but she moved back with her parents a long time ago” she looked confused as if she knew that I was lying. She then finally said “oh that's too bad I would've loved to see you and her together to grab a cup of tea”.
I just have to pretend that everything that they are talking about is good. But sometimes it's hard, (10)there are millions of innocent people dying and it is completely not fair. Everyone who thinks it is a good thing is a monster. I just can't help but think of all the (11)innocent people and children that are being murdered and without emotion they just kill them like its nothing! (12)This is simply genocide. 
After almost two years Mary still couldn't leave the house but she kept herself entertained most of the time. I took her books from the library that I work at and she enjoyed that. Then it was a Wednesday afternoon and I was closing the library. This girl that I haven't talked to in a long time asked me something that left me speechless. She asked me “how are you doing with Mary?” I got so nervous and it all depended on me to not look suspicious. I then decided to say “It’s been going good, but she moved back with her parents a long time ago” she looked confused as if she knew that I was lying. She then finally said “oh that's too bad I would've loved to see you and her together to grab a cup of tea”.
We talked a little bit more and I was nervous the whole time. She then left and I felt relieved that she wasn't suspicious of me. 

I went back home and was looking for Mary but I couldn't find her anywhere. I started panicking and I felt like I was about to break down. Then I heard the backdoor open and I rushed to see who it was and it was her. I started yelling at her and telling her how she could be so stupid for going outside for even a second. But after I was yelling at her she couldn't get this big smile off of her. She told me that nobody said anything to her; they treated her as if she wasn't a Jew. Mary felt unseen when she was walking through the neighborhood. Nobody was suspicious of her and I wouldn’t have doubted it because even in the beginning I wasn't suspicious of her either. I didn't even know she was a Jew in the beginning. I still told Mary that she should not be going outside because there is always a risk of someone finding out that she is a Jew. (13)It was 1943, but still a lot of tragedy was still happening. The Nazis were still killing millions of Jews and it had been 3 years.
(14)Still there were many of  Jews who survived in hiding, in ghettos, by fleeing into the Soviet Union, or by passing as non-Jews. (15)The earliest victims of Nazi mass murder were people with disabilities. (16)The Nazis saw people with disabilities as a “burden” and killed them using gassing facilities. But in the end, no one found that I was hiding my best friend who was a Jew. 

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