"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
The Holocaust was a big disaster. A countless amount of people lost their lives. Philosopher George Santayana stated "Those who cannot remember the bast are condemned to repeat it." The message that George was trying to send is that you will repeat the past without any knowledge of it and that you should tell more people about the holocaust so that multiple people know about it. He doesn't want it happening again.
For example, the message of the quote is that you will repeat the past without any knowledge of it. The Wave gives plenty of examples for it. The Wave is a book by Todd Strasser about a World War 2 experiment that happened in a classroom. This book relates to the quote because its about a teacher that tells his students about the Holocaust. In page 53 of The Wave, Dave and Laurie discussed the Holocaust. Dave says "To me, its like a piece of history. You can't change what happened then." Laurie responds saying "But you can't forget it." They talk about how you can't forget about the Holocaust. That is the message of the quote.
Also, Madame Harkness set an example on the quote. The presentation that she gave had plenty of evidence. She talked about her grandma's experience during the Holocaust. This relates to the theme because she is telling people about the Holocaust and what happened during it.
Finally, the film "Paper Clips" gave an example of the theme as well. Paper Clips is a documentary about a middle school in Whitwell, Tennessee that collected over 30 million paper clips for a project. They collected paper clips because people used to wear them as a symbol of resistance against the Nazi's. The students made a memorial with the paper clips so that people can learn about it. This relates to the theme because they are telling people about the Holocaust and letting them know what it was
George was trying to say that you will repeat the past without any knowledge of it. There is enough evidence to say that this is true. We can learn not to forget about the past.
George Santayana. www.veteranstoday.com
Strasser, Todd. The Wave. New York: Dell Laurel-Leaf. 1981.
Paper Clips. Dir. Elliot Berlin. Miramax, 2004. Film