Not So Imaginary Dystopia

Dystopias have been regarded as imaginary in class discussions. If we think about the way that imagination has been proposed to work, these imaginary societies are just combinations of elements from the real world. Many dystopic situations throughout history, combined with some very pessimistic thinking about life, may have given rise to many of the famous dystopias we observe today. One famous historical event that is undoubtedly dystopic is the Holocaust that occurred from 1933-1945 in Germany.

During this Nazi regime, people were oppressed, lead restricted lives and were under the rule of one leader alongside his party, Adolf Hitler. In The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, the restricted life of Jewish people was described in detail as she journals her story as a young Jewish woman living in Germany during the Nazi regime. People were oppressed because of their ethnicity and religious identity, alongside those that were not deemed worthy of existing under the Nazi Regime. The extinction of a population of people based on one party’s opinion along with the fear that many Jewish people, homosexuals, and other groups lived with as they were forced to hide in order to stay alive and not be killed does qualify this event to fall under the category of a real-life example of a dystopia. This regime has caused long term damage to the posterity of people that did survive and shook up the natural order of how people may have chosen to migrate to different parts of the world. Only after the war was it that this regime ceased and people were able to begin the healing process. This event also shows how differences in opinion and power imbalances can result in extremely oppressive conditions for populations of people.

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