Yom HaShoah- Holocaust Remembrance Day Why Remember?

Warsaw Jews being held at gunpoint by SS troop...

Warsaw Jews being held at gunpoint by SS troops. Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, April 1943. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today is a day of memory. It is Holocaust Remembrance Day and by chance the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.  Some 70 years ago, the Nazi’s planned to murder every last person in the Warsaw Ghetto on the holiday of Passover, and by doing so, prove that God had abandoned his people. It was a cruel game. Starved and exhausted, the inhabitants by some miracle learned ahead of time that this slaughter was going to happen, and beyond all comprehensible human endurance, pain and suffering, the inhabitants of the Ghetto found the strength to fight. Did they succeed? I don’t know if that question really matters,  when the world is against you for no other reason than you exist, you have to exist even harder.

But why remember when this happened so many years ago?  Man’s ability to commit horrific acts upon the world is timeless and without boundaries.

We remember to give value to lives stolen, we remember so they are never forgotten,  we remember because this horror can happen anywhere and anytime as long as man exists and wherever it can be found, we too must uprise against this evil.

We remember because it is too painful to forget.

About susan sheldon

I am an explorer. It's taken me awhile to realise this. But I love capturing bits of our wonderful world with my camera, travelling through time and history, always returning to write, or paint what I've discovered. I use my Leica and my iPhone to capture images, and with those images I try to hold on to a feeling, a moment in our busy lives. Sometimes those moments bring me into the past, others into the studio to paint, or back to the old typewriter to try to use words to capture what the camera has done for me already. One of my goals in my blog is to have a space to take a breath away from our frantic world. I hope you enjoy your time here. It’s such a privilege to have readers.
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