Tuesday, January 27, 2009

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Lord, remember not only the men of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not remember all the suffering they have inflicted upon us. Remember rather the fruits we have brought, thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown out of this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits we have bourne be their forgiveness.-
Holocaust Victim- Ravensbruck Concentration Camp in Germany

Indifference by Fritz Hirschberger

Holocaust by Barbara Sonek

We played, we laughed

we were loved.

We were ripped from the arms of our

parents and thrown into the fire.

We were nothing more than children.

We had a future.

We were going to be

lawyers, rabbis, wives, teachers, mothers.

We had dreams, then we had no hope.

We were taken away in the dead of night

like cattle in cars, no air to breathe

smothering, crying, starving, dying.

Separated from the world to be no more.

From the ashes, hear our plea. This

atrocity to mankind can not happen

again. Remember us, for we were the

children whose dreams and lives were

stolen away.

Josef Elgurt, In Memory of the Holocaust - survivor, imprisoned in ghettos in Moldova, Ukraine, and Romania

Felix Nussbaum (1904-1944) Threesome. He died at Auschwitz in 1944.

A Tribute to the Holocaust Victims, by Irving Silver

They all walked the path of life,
Which was filled with love and strife,
They were loved by one and all,
These people who stood so tall,
They lived,they died,
Their friends they cried,
Their loss to their families was hard to bear,
But we know that they are now in God's care,
For he has embraced their soul,
They have reached their final goal,
All of them are in the Kingdom of God now, and in His embrace,
He is holding them tight and kissing their face,
Their suffering is over, their souls are at rest,
They will be God's children, as his eternal guest.

Gela Seksztajn (1907-1942) Self-Portrait. "...I am now standing at the boundary between life and death. I already know for certain that I must die and that is why I want to bid farewell to my friends and to my work. Farewell, comrades and friends. Jews! Do everything that such a tragedy will never be repeated!" She died in Treblinka in August of 1942.

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