In the 68 years since the end of the period in which the horrors of the Holocaust occurred, much has been written and said to honor and remember those who perished and survived a time so terrible words cannot really do it justice. Rightly so, the day set aside to commemorate what took place is called Holocaust Remembrance Day. There is………click to read on
The Life That Was Not Lived
The following piece written by my father of blessed memory is the Foreword for the book “Jew Face: A story of love and heroism in Nazi-occupied Holland.” It is extremely appropriate for Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). FOREWORD by Rabbi Nardus Groen, of blessed memory
A Blessing For the Lost
The honor and memory of 6 million Jews is not a political issue. It is not aligned to being a Man or Woman, Democrat or a Republican, Conservative or Liberal, Jew or non-Jew. It transcends race, nationality or color. As a Jew I make no apologies for this being my main focus. It does not mean I hold no importance to genocides that have taken place in other parts of the world. It does not mean I do not condemn slavery or oppression against people throughout history. It is very simply an issue of remembering the murder and devastation committed against the Jewish people. Let no one make a mistake….click to read on
On Holocaust Remembrance Day: The Lessons of My Parents
As a child I always remember my parents speaking of what took place inHolland during the Nazi occupation. The term ‘Holocaust’ was rarely if ever used. Instead they would generally speak of it in terms of “40-45”, representing the years 1940 until 1945 when Nazi Germany occupied the Netherlands.
I always knew I had lost family, specifically the parents and younger sister of my father and the father and younger brother of my mother. It was not until I was a bit older that the scope was understood to me…click to read on