Born from the ashes of the Holocaust in Europe, the Jewish nation of Israel declared its independence in 1948. Those who have died defending it or whose lives have been taken in acts of terror need to be remembered and honored by Jewish people all over the world, not just those living in Israel. Being that this blog revolves around a book that chronicles the lost souls at a time when there was no organized Jewish army, I feel nothing could be more appropriate than showing respect to those who lost their lives in the name of never allowing it to happen again. Although this is a video taken a few years back, the air raid siren is what happens all over Israel in honor of those who were lost.
In a previous post I showed the video
“Hidden Heroes-Dutch ResistancePart 1″. Here is Part 2 of that series.
As Jews all over the world celebrate Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), I think back once again to what we commemorated and remembered this week. It strikes me how the Holocaust reached even further than the 6 million killed. The basic freedom to practice the religion in any way was stripped from mostly every Jew in Europe. The lesson to us all, regardless of what we believe in or practice, is to never take for granted our freedom and to stand up and fight those who would oppress others merely for being what they are and for what they believe in. We must recognize it happened before in order to prevent it from happening ever again.
Take a close look at these two women. One is 19, the other is 90. That’s the only difference. It’s the same woman. The woman on the cover, my mother Sipora Groen is now 90 years old. The second picture was taken on Wednesday night April 18 at a synagogue in Elkins Park, Pa. where she spoke for Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In a continuous effort to increase Holocaust awareness, I have put together a series of questions regarding what the Dutch community went through during the Nazi-occupation. The answers are at the bottom of the page. Comments are welcome and well be posted after moderation.
1-What percentage of Amsterdam was Jewish in 1940?
2-How many Dutch Jews were murdered in the Death camps?
3-What was the name of the concentration camp in Holland set up to accommodate German refugees in the 1930s and later used as a transit center?
4-What was the name of the Death camp where an estimated 34,000 Dutch Jews were murdered?
5-In what concentration camp did Anne Frank die?
These are just 5 questions but they will give an indication of what you know about what Holland experienced during this time. The more we know, the more we can increase awareness and fight those who try to claim it never happened. Again, your feedback is welcome.
Answers-10% 2-104,000 3-Westerbork 4-Sobibor 5-Bergen-Belsen