In class, much time has been spent on discussing the circumstances that allowed for the Holocaust to occur. We have contemplated the internal and external factors that allowed for the largest genocide in history to occur. It is likely that some of my peers have wondered why we have spent more time on the circumstances that made the genocide possible instead of the genocide itself. It is a valid question, considering the Holocaust is often the first thing that people think of whenever Nazism, the subject of the course, is mentioned. However, the necessity of knowing the circumstances that allowed for the event cannot be overstated enough. As the tired cliche goes, “Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it”. Though the quote is overused, I believe it still has merit. By having students understand the situations that could lead to massacre, I believe the class is preparing its members to better prevent such calamities from happening in the future. If more students were exposed to this class and its emphasis on the circumstances that allowed for the Holocaust, I think violence around the world would certainly decline. While this certainly may seem like a bold claim, it is one that has merit when one considers how much violence stems from onlookers merely not recognizing the signs that led to it and then failed to prevent its initiation.