Yom HaShoah

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“The Holocaust is so big, the scale of it is so gigantic, so enormous, that it becomes easy to think of it as something mechanical. Anonymous. But everything that happened, happened because someone made a decision. To pull a trigger, to flip a switch, to close a cattle car door, to hide, to betray.”  – From Lost: A Search for six of six million.

I sent my son to the Holocaust memorial with his father. The 101st Airborne were among the liberators in Germany. Every year the installation hosts a memorial ceremony. Last year a survivor spoke, this year a liberator spoke. My son came home visibly shaken from the ceremony. I asked him what he had seen and heard, but he didn’t want to talk about it. He mentioned awhile later that the main speaker claimed he wasn’t a hero just a soldier doing his job, that he had grown up not far from here a regular kid. And that was it. He had learned that this atrocity happened to people, everyday people. This is so important in carrying the memory. During Yom HaShoah as we listen to memories, read accounts and watch documentaries we take in the history, it becomes part of us, something that cannot be denied or taken from us. It becomes personal.


One thought on “Yom HaShoah

  1. kaie w. bird April 23, 2012 / 9:37 am

    Very beautiful story, and thanks for sharing it!

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