Remembering the Holocaust

Child survivors of the Holocaust filmed few days after the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army, January, 1945
Child survivors of the Holocaust filmed few days after the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Red Army, January, 1945

Still photograph from footage shot by the Alexander Voroncov from the film unit of the First Ukrainian Front. Some of the tiny percentage of children not immediately killed upon arrival at the camp, this group includes Jewish twins who had been kept alive to be used in experiments by Dr. Josef Mengele. 6 of the children Gabi Neumann, Marta Weiss, Bracha Katz, Tomy Shacham, Erika Dohan and Shmuel Schelach were from Slovakia.

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. I will be updating this post throughout this week, linking to related posts.

On My Blog:

Some of the books I have read this past year about the Shoa, the Holocaust:

  • The Pages In Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home, Erin Einhorn
  • Stronger than Iron. The Destruction of Vilna Jewry 1941 1945: An Eyewitness Account, Mendel Balberyszski
  • Gertruda’s Oath: A Child, a Promise, and a Heroic Escape During World War II, Ram Oren
  • The Violin of Auschwitz, Maria Angels Anglada
  • The Boy, A Holocaust Story, Dan Porat

    A few more books, with a loose Holocaust relationship:

  • Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel
  • Let Our Fame Be Great, Oliver Bullough -the first part of the book tells the story of the Circassians, for those who are interested in reading about the topic of genocide in general. Some Circassians live in the Galil in Israel.
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12 thoughts on “Remembering the Holocaust

  • Thank you for sharing these links.

    For the record, this year, according to Israel’s Chief Rabbinate, Yom HaShoah is observed tomorrow (Monday – 28 Nissan) instead of today – just as Yom HaZikaron is postponed to Monday (5 Iyar), and Yom HaAtzma’ut is pushed to Tuesday (6 Iyar).

    • Thanks for the clarification. I would just as well say this week is devoted to these sorts of posts.

      There are two events in our area today for Holocaust Remembrance Day – a movie at 10 am shown at White Lotus Futon on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park and an event at Middlesex County College by the Federation.

      I would have liked to go to the movie, but I’m guessing family stuff will get in the way.

    • Rayna Eliana’s post explains how Holocaust Remembrance Day is observed today in the U.S. – two countries, different needs.

      The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum as a permanent living memorial to the victims. This year Holocaust Remembrance Day is Sunday, May 1.

    • No, it’s not easy. Hard enough to be a teacher!

      Our rabbi, Rabbi Bassous, talked about eating yesterday. He said a Kosher Stuff Yer Face would not be kosher. When eating, one must think of others as well. He gave the example of when shopping for groceries, leaving food in the food pantry bin by the supermarket (we have such a bin in Highland Park). Perhaps that is one example you could relay to your students.

  • Holocaust and what happened even in Norway to God’s Chosen People have been a hot topic the last two months in the town of Haugesund.
    Only one Jewish man lived here before the war, but he was braved, more outspoken and challenging than a whole village. His name was Moritz Rabinowitz and he came from Poland with two empty hands. He created a successful chain of man’s clothing, a clothes factory employing 2oo persons, but he was never really accepted by the fellow businessmen in our town. He remained an unwanted competitor, even though victorious among the customers and his workers.
    He early acknowledged the threat from Nazi Germany, and he did something about it. He wrote in papers local, national and international about the antisemitic threat. He even wrote a letter to the president of the United States. When Norway was occupied April 9th 1940, Rabinowitz was sought for immediately. He managed to hide for about a year, but was caught and brought to exterminationcamp with his daughter and grandson who lived in Bergen.
    A film and a book were made some years ago. This year a new book and a theater play have been made locally and just this last Saturday a representative for the local tradesman’s union published a long apology on behalf on the union,- seventy years to late.
    A street is named after Rabinowitz and it’s now planned to make a Rabinowitz center that his good deeds for this town and for mankind must never be forgotten.

    You know, Leora, most of us living here, 90 % are Christians, but we do fully acknowledge the the Jews as God’s chosen People, and their right to have a special place, not only in history, but in this world of today.

    Nothing have made me cry more or honestly doubt more, than the fact that Holocaust could take place.
    I have chosen to believe in God the almighty, cause either He is or He isn’t. When He is who He has said to be, I must admit, I do not understand as much as a crumb of His decisions. I am but a grain of sand, but I am understood by Him.

    I can’t stop wondering though, how the Holocaust victims were able to read the Psalms the way I have been allowed to. “The Lord is my Shepherd, I do not want.”
    from felisol

    • Felisol,

      Thank you for your long comment and for writing about Moritz Rabinowitz. The movie is called The Man Who Love Haugesund, and it played at the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival in 2006. I didn’t get to see it.

      I appreciate your support.

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