Friday, April 20, 2012

We will never forget: Holocaust Remembrance 2012

From the Jewish Virtual Library: A badge Jews were forced to wear
in Germany during the Holocaust.

From sundown April 18th to sundown of April 19th was Yom HaShoah ( Day of Destruction) or other wise known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is a dark, day in the history of the Jewish people but also for all others. 11 million people were killed in the Holocaust, for no reason at all other than hatred. There are people in this world that are arguing that the Holocaust never happened. THIS IS NOT TRUE.
We should never forget even the most gruesome parts of history, or we run the risk of it repeating itself. How do we know when we're getting sick? We recognize the symptoms.

We must remember the symptoms of intolerance and hatred. I know the Holocaust happened. I have met and known survivors and heard their chilling tales of despair and even of hope. Our children will not have this privilege. They will have only books, movies and interviews. Nothing they can see, hear and touch. We must keep the memory alive for their sakes, for history's sake.

We remember and honor the sacrifices of those who were murdered without cause. To those who were slain because of who they were, and for those who stood up for others in the face of evil.

Last night we lit yahrtzeit candles and said the Kaddish (the mourners' prayer) in memorium. I will post here  too.

May we never forget.

"May the great Name of God be exalted and sanctified, throughout the world, which he has created according to his will. May his Kingship be established in your lifetime and in your days, and in the lifetime of the entire household of Israel, swiftly and in the near future; and say, Amen.
May his great name be blessed, forever and ever.
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled, honored elevated and lauded be the Name of the holy one, Blessed is he- above and beyond any blessings and hymns, Praises and consolations which are uttered in the world; and say Amen. May there be abundant peace from Heaven, and life, upon us and upon all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who makes peace in his high holy places, may he bring peace upon us, and upon all Israel; and say Amen."
-Translation from

The Kaddish in Hebrew



  1. I teach English and we do a book called 'The Book Thief', it's deeply moving to read and the students really respond to it- I cry every time.Rx

    1. I've heard of that book and not read it! I would love to though. That's wonderful that you read it to your's sad but a need-to-know event.


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