Discuss the relation between Gabe in The Giver and Holocaust survivors during World War II.so like...are there any similarities between Gabe and Holocaust survivors? Please answer with direct...

Discuss the relation between Gabe in The Giver and Holocaust survivors during World War II.

so like...are there any similarities between Gabe and Holocaust survivors? Please answer with direct references from the question.

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The victims of the Holocaust during World War II - the crippled, retarded, and non-Aryans such as Catholics and especially Jews - were those who, in a nutshell, did not measure up to the standards of society. They were scheduled for "selection" and "deportation", euphemisms for "extermination", and the general populace either did not know or did not want to see the truth of what was happening. Many of those who survived the Holocaust did so because of the courage of a few exceptional individuals, who, understanding what was truly happening, dared to help them at incredible risk to themselves.

In The Giver, Gabe, who as a baby troubled by night terrors does not meet up to his community's rigid standards of social adjustment, is scheduled for "release", a euphemism for "extermination".  "Release" is spoken of by the citizenry as being sent "elsewhere", a regretful but not sinister occurrence.  Jonah, who understands that, in reality, Gabe will be put to death by lethal injection, risks everything to help Gabe, like a Holocaust survivor, to escape his fate.