Friday, January 26, 2007

never forget

auschwitz is crumbling. the Holocaust deniers would have you believe this is all made up by a bunch of paranoid jews.

i don't know anyone who survived the camps. i don't even know anyone who's parents/grandparents/great-grandparents survived. but we must never forget.

those who forget are destined to live history again.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're right. No one should ever forget. Past mistakes should never be made again.

diann said...

We can never forget.

My husband's uncle survived Buchenwald and my father-in-law (twin of the uncle) was in the underground. Mother -in-law was able to leave Berlin before being sent to the camps.

This is still too close for them, and for me.

fillyjonk said...

I know someone who, although he and his family did not go to the camps, they had to hide out in the forest (and eat wild mushrooms and what other forest-plants they could find that were edible) until they could get out of Germany.

And I knew of someone in the town where I grew up, who had a number tattooed on her arm that she didn't like to talk about.

I find it hard to believe that people can deny it happened...too great a cloud of witnesses, I always thought. But those witnesses are slowly dying. I hope the "denyers" never win.

Kit said...

My opa was in a German prison camp and my oma has stories of trying to survive the bombings. They both got extremely nervous during a Kansas thunderstorm and were glad to get back to the Netherlands.

The Holocaust deniers are only a witness of how easy it is to rewrite history. But I wonder if it would be so easy if they would just talk to my oma. Or any of the other survivors.