Yom HaShoah is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Today we remember the precious souls both Jewish and Gentile that perished during the Holocaust. There are really no words to describe what a horrific event in history it was not to mention one of the worst events in humanity.
One need not necessarily to have had family in Europe during that time to realize what a tragic event took place. I personally fall under that category and the wake up call came to me during my Paris trip of 2006. I had left the Gare Du Nord station headed to Antwerp, Belgium to visit some friends when the multi-lingual announcements came: French, English, Dutch. When the German announcement was made, it was the creepiest feeling I had felt in a long time.
I have been told stories of youth who have participated on the Poland / Birthright trip who have visited the camps and their experiences. They saw the gas chambers and the crematoriums that were preserved to educate. They seriously wanted to leave as it was truly traumatic just by being present.
Even though I personally did not have any family in Europe during this period of time, I do know survivors and have friends with survivors in their families. They are living proof that this event in history is not a made up conspiracy and I personally question the mental stability of anyone who denies that this tragedy in history took place.
How could any human being go through so much suffering? The death marches, the hospital experiments, the starvation and non-stop labor in the coldest of temperatures, the beatings, the burnings, and the list goes on. For any human being to endure that much suffering on that intense of a level, well, is beyond human. Perhaps, angelic. I will say for those who did survive, it has not only affected them, but continuing generations in some cases past that. For those who didn’t survive, well, pictures speak a thousand words that could never be spoken by the souls who did not make it.
Passover, the holiday that just “passed over” is the festival of redemption. Of liberation. Most important of all, to educate. This is why the youngest at the seder table asks the Four Questions and recounts the story of The Exodus. Educating the world by doing our part so that even worse events like this should never rise again.
And most of all, protect what is right by using our