What is a good hook/catchy sentence regarding the children of the Holocaust?
I am writing a research paper regarding the children of the Holocaust. In this essay, I will basically be talking about what children of the Holocaust go through.
What would be a catchy hook sentence that will catch the readers attention in the intro paragraph?
I think you have a wonderfully powerful topic. I do have to say though that it might not be very appropriate to try to search for a "hook" or "catchy sentence" regarding such a topic. Being able to articulate the condition of children during the Holocaust is its own interest, its own moment where all human beings feel some empathy and sadness. I don't think one needs to find a "catchy introduction" or "hook" to pull the reader into the piece. The previous thoughts were accurate in that the introduction might be the last thing written. If the research and findings are strong enough, I would propose that these become the elements of interest in the piece. For example, discussing the early pages of Elie Wiesel's work, "Night," where he describes, through Moshe the Beadle, how infants were tossed in the air and used as target practice by the Nazis. This scene is a powerful moment that captures the pain and brutality of childhood during the Holocaust.
My best advice is to save your introduction for the very end. Write the entire body of your paper first. I think your hook will present itself once you've said everything you are going to say. Not to mention, after absorbing yourself in the research for such a topic, you yourself might be pretty emotional. Hooks come best out of strong emotion - and only you can find that.
Also thought I'd pass along a great resource for your research. There's a book, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which is a collection of poetry and art by the children at the Terezin ghetto. It is wonderful. You could probably find it at the library - or talk to some of the teachers at your school who are most interested in the Holocaust. I've found it to be pretty easy to come by if you don't want to purchace a copy for yourself.