Sad, in so many ways

Lublin. Source: Adam Jones at Wikimedia

Lublin. Source: Adam Jones at Wikimedia

Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is on Sunday night. We may take one day out in the year to remember Holocaust victims, but there are some for whom every day is a memory, and a painful one at that.

Here’s a powerful and poignant perspective in a Times of Israel piece about Dita Kraus, a survivor who will light a memorial torch during this year’s ceremony at the Yad Vashem memorial museum.

After the war:

“I had this need to talk about it, but I felt there were no listeners,” said Kraus. “When I met people who weren’t in concentration camps, they would tell me how they had suffered without eggs and milk, and how they had to be closed in their houses at night. They had no way of comparing; they weren’t able to.”

And now:

“There aren’t that many of us left, so we’ve become interesting.”

Read it all, here.

Holocaust horror

No, not the horror of the Holocaust. The horror is the attitude by Hamas towards the Holocaust. It’s an attitude which, even on its own, should be enough to tell you the evil soul of the Hamas terrorist entity goes beyond simply killing Jews.

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum, expressing the Islamic terror group’s position, claimed Wednesday that the Holocaust “is a big lie.”

The detail are in this Ynet report.

Fills you with a nice, fuzzy, warm, feeling, doesn’t it?

Will this find its way into the BBC coverage? The Guardian’s? Any of the Western media? Probably not (but do tell me if you see anything) because that would cloud Hamas’ legitimacy. And that just wouldn’t do.

Yom HaShoah

Tonight is Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day in Israel. I wanted to mark it by posting something sombre, poignant, and meaningful – or any one of these three. But, after watching the broadcast of the national memorial from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, and the few, short stories of the survivors (and some who did not survive) I have nothing left inside of me. How must those who experienced the Holocaust, who lived through it, feel?

There are some times when it is appropriate only to say nothing.