Thursday, November 09, 2006

Moment of Silence

Never again!

Today is the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night in 1938 when German Nazis coordinated a nationwide attack on Jewish homes, businesses, and synagogues. It's generally considered the official beginning of the Holocaust. Before that night, the Nazis had killed people secretly and individually. After Kristallnacht, the Nazis felt free to persecute the Jews openly, because they knew no one would stop them.

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thank you for that. I am the child of Holocaust Survivors, who are now deceased. My husband is a hidden child, born in Paris in 1941 of Polish Jews who decided that it would be better to go to Paris than to stay in Poland - their mistake - he was raised as a Catholic, but now claims his heritage.

we should never, ever forget.
Thank you for reminding us. I also hope "never again," but I'm afraid that the hate and fear and ignorance that caused the Holocaust are still with us. Jews may not be the current target, but the world largely stood by and wrung its collective hands about Rwanda and East Timor and Darfur. Genocide continues, it just isn't in the forefront of our western radar.
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