• Holocaust Remembrance Day

    April 19, 2012

    Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we take time to reflect upon, and hopefully learn from, an evil so immense, words almost fail to describe or explain it. I chose the picture to the left because it was the only one I could find that was in color. Black and white dulls the reality, takes the slightest edge off the horror. This is a day to deny ourselves such a comfort. Today we should stare at the full outrage and ask ourselves all the appropriate questions: How could any people do this to another people? How could enough people be made to go along with this? How do we stop this from ever happening again?

    As I wrote in my book, When Answers Aren’t Enough,

    Holocaust is formed by the mixing of two words, holos, meaning ‘completely,’ and kaustos, meaning ‘burnt.’ Completely burnt. And the Jews surely would have been, had the world not gone to war.”

    On this Holocaust Remembrance Day, let’s take time to reflect on the near-total destruction of the Jews, an almost completely burnt race and culture, saved by a world’s stepping in, albeit six million Jews too late. And let’s remember those who still suffer the after effects of so great an evil.

    Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust surviver, writes in his book Night,

    Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, that turned my life into one long night seven times sealed.

    Never shall I forget that smoke.

    Never shall I forget the small faces of the children whose bodies I saw transformed into smoke under a silent sky.

    Never shall I forget those flames that consumed my faith forever.

    Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence that deprived me for all eternity of the desire to live.

    Never shall I forget those moments that murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to ashes.

    Never shall I forget those things, even were I condemned to live as long as God Himself.

    Never.

    May we never forget either.

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