“If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.” – Anne Frank
It is difficult to talk or think about the Holocaust without becoming emotionally drained by the thoughts of mass genocide and the murder of women, children and men in such unspeakable acts of torture for the sheer sake of satisfying the insanity of an madman. The idea of innocent people brutally murdered at will, showered in gas chambers, starved to death, worked to the point of collapse and piled into ditches hundreds at a time upon their last breath is unthinkable during any time in our history.
The moment the homes were raided and families were separated and forced into dirty, dark, germ and rat infested trains, their lives were over. There was no ally watching out for their well-being. There was no prayer for a speedy return. There was only a death sentence for the crime of being born a certain way. In the end, hundreds, turned to thousands, then hundred thousands and then millions.
The murders were so systematic and random. How could anyone let something like this happen?
Image after image, video after video, memorial after memorial serves as a reminder that we cannot forget, ever. One man sought to annihilate all the Jews, lesbians, gays, sympathizers and others that didn’t fit his model of a perfect race in his eyes in his quest for world domination. There are no words to describe this act of terror. Even today as we speak openly about terrorism, hijackers, bombers and fanatics, there is no comparison to the fear that spread throughout Europe and the world. The Holocaust was such a traumatic time, that many have mentally blocked the entire idea of this time from their memory bank.
If you speak to survivors or descendants there are so many extreme emotions of hatred, fear, sorrow, pain and remorse for families, friends, neighbors who had their families ripped apart, tortured and killed. There was no escape from the pure evil on Earth that Hitler and the Nazis brought into every territory they invaded and took over.
Today survivors, families and descendants continue the message of remembrance and hope that an event like this should never repeat. At the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., each guest is given a card with a picture and biography of a Holocaust victim to hold during their stay. As you slowly walk through each room and corridor hearing the stories and seeing the images, you hold the memory of one that lived and died during this period. It is hard to imagine that over six million people would have to walk through those doors to each hold one memory. That is only those that were able to be identified.
April 19, 2012 is National Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 19th is National Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is an annual day of reflection. Take a moment of silence and thought on this day and not only remember the events of the Holocaust but celebrate the survivors who lived. Survivors who started families and continued a race of people to share their message so that this can never happen again. The Holocaust should not be just one day of remembrance; it should stay in our hearts forever.
Take a few minutes and read about Shep, Jeannine, Isak, Eva and Solomon; a few of the survivors of the Holocaust. Let them tell you their first hand story and you will see the importance of the Holocaust and its message of hope.
“As freedom-loving people across the globe hope for an end to tyranny, we will never forget the enormous suffering of the Holocaust.” – Bob Beauprez
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You actually make it seem really easy with your presentation but I to find this topic to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking ahead on your subsequent post, I will attempt to get the cling of it!
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