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Throughout all of history, conflict has always existed. Conflicts in families and personal life, like a loved one becoming ill or in the outside world, events like natural phenomenons and man made problems. Sources that show how some people respond to conflict are “Elie Wiesel” from The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, “Dear Miss Breed” written by Joanne Oppenheim, and “Heroes of the Holocaust” by an unknown author. The best way to respond to conflict is by taking action to try to solve the problem. People shouldn’t wait till someone comes along and fixes their problems. They should take a stand and fix their problems themselves. Elie Wiesel ” …became a journalist in that city, yet he remained silent about what he endured as an inmate in the camps.” (Elie Wiesel The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) When he stayed quiet about his problems, nothing happened but when he took action and wrote the memoir, “La Nuit,” Wiesel got many opportunities after the publication of the book. “President Jimmy Carter appointed him Chairman of the President’s Commission on the Holocaust.” (Elie Wiesel The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) “Wiesel’s efforts…earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, the rank of Grand-Croix in the French Legion of Honor, and in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize.” (Elie Wiesel The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) “…Elie Wiesel and his wife Marion established The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.” (Elie Wiesel The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) These were some of the opportunities that came to Wiesel. In the beginning he was quiet about his story, but when he “fixed” the problem by himself, he was able to become well known and successful. Others may say that that if you do take action, it might make the problem worse, but if you never try, you’ll never know. Staying quiet and avoiding the problem may end up in the conflict getting bigger. The japanese people in “Dear Miss Breed,” were sent to concentration camps and instead of fighting for their rights, they willingly and quietly followed along. The Americans put, “…four to eight people into a single room, twenty by twenty feet.” (Joanne Oppenheim 48) At the relocation centers, they had to live in empty horse stalls and in the text it states, “Due to the shortage of wood, barracks were built with green pine that shrank and left cracks between the boards, allowing sand and insects to seep and creep inside.” (Joanne Oppenheim 48) Even though their living conditions were so bad, they avoided the situation which did not lead to a solution. If they had did something and took action together, they may have had better conditions then they had by avoiding. Taking action can build confidence and momentum. People like Irena and Raoul took action and helped the Jews escape and avoid going to concentration camps. In the blast, Heroes of the Holocaust, it states, “She smuggled Jewish infants and children out of the ghetto in ambulances, sutitcases, garbage cans, coffins, toolboxes, body bags and potato sacks.”(Heroes of the Holocaust) Irena knew what could happen to her, but instead of backing away in fear, she built up confidence and saved lives. Also, “Wallenberg risked his career and life to save nearly 100,000 Hungarian Jews from death during the Holocaust.” Wallenberg created fake passports and a complex of safe houses where the Jews stayed until the end of the war. Their goal was to be able to help the Jews and they had reached that goal because of all the hard work they put into making that goal and achievement. Obviously, they could have been caught and killed for helping the Jews, but that didn’t stop them from doing it. Conflict can’t be avoided and has to be dealt with sooner or later, so getting it over with is better than letting it linger and causing stress. Elie Wiesel, Irena, and Raoul all dealt with it and faced their problems instead of running away from them. They took action and found many positives affects by doing so. So next time there is a problem, face it and take action. “Elie Wiesel.” CommonLit, The United States Holocaust Museum, 2016, www.commonlit.org/texts/elie-wiesel?id=609302.Oppenheim, Joanne. “Dear Miss Breed.” StudySync, StudySync, 2006, apps.studysync.com/#!/binder/37201907/read.”Heroes of the Holocaust.” StudySync, StudySync, 18 Dec. 2017, apps.studysync.com/#!/assignments/36734856/blast.