Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Remembering Auschwitz

It was good to attend my Intermediate Hebrew class tonight at American Jewish University in Los Angeles and be with my peeps on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

My peeps, not because I am ethnically Jewish (I'm not) but because Je Suis Charlie, I am Michael Brown, Jewish Lives Matter, and so on.

The subject did not come up during class, but this day was well marked by the media.


Our teacher's parents were holocaust survivors who lost many family members.  I have heard her tell their story--no need to repeat it today.

The best news report I heard today was an interview with Jack Mandelbaum on NPR's All Things Considered.


It's important to read or hear a survivor's story today, 70 years after Soviet soldiers entered Auschwitz and freed those who were still alive.  Persons who can speak of first-hand experience in concentration camps are dwindling in numbers.

This is how NPR's report by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson begins:

Some 300 Holocaust survivors were at Auschwitz on Tuesday, along with several European presidents and other government officials, to honor at least 1.1 million people who were murdered, 1 million of whom were Jewish.
Among those killed there were Jack Mandelbaum's mother and brother. The Polish-born Mandelbaum survived, spared at the last minute by an officer of the dreaded SS who yanked the teen away from his family and sent him instead to a forced labor camp....
Each year on January 27 may we all remember those who suffered in concentration camps during the 1930's and '40s.

May all of us who identify as Christians remember that our savior was Jewish, and may we study to recover the Jewish roots of our faith.

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