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April 24, 2017

Remembering the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:42 am

I have been urged, by one of the followers of my blog, to write something about Yom HaShoah, which is currently going on in Israel for the second day.

The following quote is from a news article, which you can read in full at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/florida-jewish-journal/opinion/fl-jjps-jaffe-0419-20170417-story.html

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This year, on April 23 and 24, we will once again gather as a community to “Zachor,” to “Gedenk,” to Remember, our parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters and oh so many more of our family members that we, the Children of the Shoah, never had the opportunity to know or to love. They who might have taught us to know what the word “family” meant; who could have given us guidance and direction as we grew up. Those of us who somehow, by some chance, survived the Jewish Holocaust.

And we also are here to honor the “Righteous Among the Nations,” those special selfless citizens who saved Jewish lives. Yes, there were those who saved Jewish children, even those children who were never returned to a Jewish life because their parents and siblings were murdered — and some who were converted to Christianity and remained committed to that faith. We need to be ever grateful. We need to keep reminding the world that such “righteous” people existed, and honor the “hidden children” who later in their lives were committed to have these brave human beings honored at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

We, the Children of the Shoah, are the last generation — the last surviving eye-witnesses to a time when the “civilized world” went mad. When civilization died. When humanity lost its meaning. When Jewish children were the first to be eradicated from Europe’s citizenry; when Jewish life was oh so cheap — and when we were surrounded by a “deafening silence” from most of the outside world.

Soon, too soon perhaps for some of us, there will be no one left to recount personal lives and personal losses; to alert our children, grandchildren and schoolchildren to the hatred and dangers that still exist in our world. To make them aware that evil, hatred and prejudice is still alive and well — and spreading — and how they must learn, understand and be prepared throughout their lives for whatever might come as they go forth into adulthood. If we, who somehow did survive the Shoah, do not alert these children and students … WHO WILL?

And so, this year 2017 at our Yom HaShoah commemoration, we the Children of the Shoah here in Boca Raton, remind the world to “Remember” the Shoah, the Holocaust … and, most especially, we remember the one-and-a-half million Jewish children so senselessly and brutally slaughtered.

Yom HaShoah is indeed a sacred mission of remembrance — for the sake of humanity. But, for us, the Child Survivors/Hidden Children of the Shoah, for the rest of our days, until our final breaths … WE WILL REMEMBER THE CHILDREN.

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I am not Jewish, so it is hard for me to get excited about Yom HaShoah. It seems to me that every day is Holocaust Remembrance day. There are numerous survivors of the Shoah, also known as the Holocaust. The survivors were children when the Holocaust was happening. Why didn’t the Nazis realize that these children would grow up to hate the German people for many years to come. Why did the Nazis allow these children to live?