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United we stand. Divided we just get sicker

The title of this post is neither a medical nor scientific diagnosis.  I am not qualified to make one based on medicine or science.  However, I do know the basic truth that when fighting an enemy, distraction benefits our foe.  Nothing is a bigger distraction than infighting, be it within families, religious communities, in one country, and even the entire world.

Earlier today in a chat I had with someone, I referenced my father of blessed memory, who was a member of the  resistance in Nazi-occupied Holland.  One of the things I learned from him was that although history addressed the misguided hope of the  Jewish Council, often unwittingly allowed to exist to help the Nazis in their mission, it was the Nazis that were the enemy.  Although the active traitor would be dealt with, the primary focus was on the evil looking to wipe his people from the face of the earth.

Although the Coronavirus is an invisible enemy, a dangerous enemy it is nonetheless. Pointing fingers or getting into nasty arguments or fights with people with different approaches towards what to do and who to trust, distracts people from acquiring knowledge, applying the proper disciplines, and helping those they are in a the position to help.  The video I posted is from the show “Friends”, and although many will find it funny, it also offers up a message as to what happens when people focused on one purpose lose that focus and fight among themselves.  And when all is said and done, it also shows how a reasonable patient explanation has a far greater chance of success.

All of us need to stick together, regardless of what community we associate ourselves with, racial background, or political viewpoint. Why? Because it will help make everything a lot better a lot faster.  I may even get us to a better place than we were in before things went wrong.  I can’t predict that unity will solves all our problems, but I can say with almost complete certainty, it will only help.






Bevrijdingsdag-Dutch Liberation Day: Lemerlerveld

The small Dutch town of Lemerlerveld was an important location for the Dutch resistance during the second World War.  The courage and kindness of the citizens of this town is a symbol of what made the people of Holland great in the midst of some of the greatest evil the world has ever known.  On this Bevrijdingsdag, Dutch Liberation Day, we honor this small town and all the good it did for so many people, including my parents, Nardus and Sipora Groen as chronicled in the book Jew Face.

How it all connects

In this post, for those who are not more directly connected, I am going to explain why things are as they are on this blog.  For example, how does Yom Hazikaron, Day of Remembrance, a day to remember those who sacrificed their lives for the State of Israel, tie in to the book Jew Face.  No post on this site is random.  The origin of it all goes deeper than the book itself.

Jew Face, as the cover says, is a story of love and heroism in Nazi-occupied Holland.  The love story between my parents and their heroic acts and behavior, Nardus and Sipora Groen is the main subject matter of the book and naturally will lead to many posts surrounding them and the life they lead.  Expanding it further the book discusses the heroism of various people, Jewish and non-Jewish throughout the 5 years of occupation.  Those active in the Dutch resistance will be discussed frequently and as in as much depth as possible with the main focus being on the righteousness of Lubertus and Geeske te Kiefte.

When you peel away another layer however the function of the blog goes much deeper and maybe requires explanation.  Three years after the Jewish people experienced the devastating horrors of the Holocaust, the Jewish State of Israel was formed.  Jews all over the world declared “Never Again” and have felt a sense of security knowing that there is a Jewish state willing to defend the lives of Jewish people all over the world regardless of their practical support for the nation.  The mere existence of this state gives an added strength to that cry of “Never Again”, and every life that is lost in defense of this state is a life that was sacrificed to protect the Jewish people.

When writing a book like Jew Face, a book about what 2 people experienced, as a Jew myself it is impossible to ignore the deeper importance of the story. The origin is the history and future of the Jewish people together with a hopeful betterment of mankind.    May God always bless those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Hidden Heroes-Dutch Resistance Part 2

In a previous post I showed the video

“Hidden Heroes-Dutch ResistancePart 1″.  Here is Part 2 of that series.

Hidden Heroes-Dutch Resistance part 1

The Dutch Resistance

This site will not only remember and honor the victims and survivors of the Nazi occupation, but it will also chronicle the activities of the Dutch Resistance.  The following is a link to the Verzetsmuseum, the Dutch Resistance Museum and provides some insight to those remarkable Dutch citizens who stood up to the evil of the time, sometimes at the cost of their own lives. http://www.verzetsmuseum.org/museum/en/museum

Camp Erika

Camp Erika, also known as Camp Ommen was a hard labor and prison camp in Holland during the Nazi occupation and is a setting for an important story that takes place in the upcoming book “Jew Face” .  Many members of the Dutch Resistance once arrested were sent to this location.  On many occasions they were forced to dig their own graves and then shot.