Yesterday, April 12, 2010, was Holocaust Rememberance Day!


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The Holocaust was clearly one of the worst man-made human disasters in the history of our world. It is something that can never be forgotten. Although I am not Jewish, and not all holocaust victims were Jewish, I am a citizen of the world and as such, I agree that we must never forget. Yet, I heard nothing on the news yesterday about it and only found the observance articles at a few internet sites.

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The Wall where so many lost their lives.

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The Barracks – where the prisoners lived before extermination. Five to seven adults slept in each bunk.

In 1990 I first visited the Dachau site and it was a life changing experience. It wasn’t a pretty picture nor some nice place to visit but it was a site where all citizens of the world need to visit. I’ve heard people say ‘I don’t want to see that.’ No one is forcing them too, but to allow themselves to take the easy way out is enabling future people like Hitler to stand a greater chance of success. Everyone needs to see it… it is an eye opening experience. The 1990 experience stayed with my husband and me so much that in 2009 we visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial site in Poland and revisited the Dachau site. It was just as moving as it had been the first time and I was glad it was. Not to be moved by those sites would be a lack of humanity within oneself. The observance was recognized in Israel as well as at Auschwitz. I am saddened that we didn’t hear more about it here in the states. When we realize that we can’t expect to isolate ourselves and still feel that others must grieve our losses too. We are Citizens of the world and the holocaust was a world event.

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~ by citizenjournalistreview on April 13, 2010.

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