Saturday, April 10, 2010

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Tomorrow is 'Yom Hashoah,' a day of remembrance for the 6 million Jews and 5 million Gentiles that were destroyed 65 years ago.

It's a day for the Holocaust survivors to say the Mourner's Kaddish for their families. A day for Jews around the world to be grateful that they are still alive. A day for people to remember to never let it happen again.

How will you remember it?

Last week I was fortunate enough to come across a woman from Beverly who spent the past decade remembering the Holocaust. She underwent a long journey to research, write and complete her dissertation in Holocaust studies at Clark University.

Two weeks ago, she received her Ph.D. in her dissertation titled, "The Nazification in Vienna and the Response of the Viennese Jews."http://www.salemnews.com/archivesearch/local_story_090002036.html.

It portrays how the Jews in Vienna slowly understood what was happening to them when the Nazis invaded Austria. Her great grandparents did not survive but her grandfather did.

For Jews who think that the Holocaust will never happen again, I applaud your hope. For the Jews that think that Holocaust can't ever happen again, you're wrong. Today, tensions between Jews and Muslims in Sweden forced numerous Jewish families to leave. Sound familiar?

Here is a story on it by Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2010/03/21/muslim-jewish-tensions-roil-swedish-city/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fworld+%28Text+-+World%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher


A Holocaust doesn't have to start with a roundup. All it starts with is an idea; an idea that strikes fear into a group that leaves them feeling hostile. What fuels that idea is the desperation of people stricken with tragedy surrounding them.

Hitler would have never gotten as far as he did if it wasn't for Germany's poor economy. The people were looking for a savior, and they saw one in him. Sound familiar?

Today, everyone is looking for someone to save them, and everyone is looking for someone to blame. If it's not the Jews, it will be someone else.

Yom Hashoah is about remembering what humanity allowed to happen and promising to never let it happen again--to any group.

My education is over but I still have a passion to learn about the Holocaust so I'll never forget. Books that have touched me include: Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, Night by Elie Wiesel and Beyond the Tracks by Ruth Mermelstein.

A history book will teach you the facts. A novel written by a survivor will force you to live through it. It may not have been my generation's mistake to let the Holocaust happen. But it would be our mistake if we didn't remind people that it did.

La'Chaim..

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2 comments:

  1. Still fighting against antisemitism: Antisemitism Rising in Greece

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  2. The following article portrays the possibility of the Holocaust happening again. In my 20+ years of living, this is the first time I have ever heard someone complain about hearing too much about the Holocaust. I'm absolutely disgusted with this writer.

    I agree that there is a time and place to share Holocaust stories (because the majority of them are not for young children), but to ask them to be shut out entirely is appalling.

    He's Tired of Holocaust Stories.

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