I will be teaching a course on Literature and the Holocaust. Writing after the Shoah in the coming semester. These testimonies will give my students first-hand accounts of this dark period in history. I believe they will also be affected by these accounts. Thank you for all the work which helps people like us to access such important material.
As a young child, I lived in France. My parents and I visited a small concentration camp near Strasbourg. It, along with visiting the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam made an impression on me. The archive is so important as soon there will be no survivors to tell the story. Thank you for this project.
Keith Stringfellow was one of my German students at Auburn High School! He has stayed in touch with me over the years and let me know about his professional successes. He has earned this award, I grew up in Hamburg during WW 2 and told my students about my experiences during and after the war.
I was very emotionally taken by watching my aunt: Margot de Hartog's interview#13788. I became aware of my background regarding my Jewish ancestry in my 30's. Since then, much has been learned about the suffering that my family had endured during the Holocaust. I have studied the phenomena us Hate and it's manifestation through the centuries culminating in the perfect storm of 1939-1945. I have also learned that on my mother's side, that hate and persecution was prolific behind the Iron Curtain. Her family suffered under the Soviet yoke and death was imposed upon her brother who resisted occupation and discrimination.
My aim is to learn as much as I can about the darkness of Humanity with the open mindedness never to doubt that the tentacles of hate not only reach back but are poised to taint our future as well. Understanding, awareness and vigilance in my respectful opinion, may serve as the recipe for the ultimate statement to be made: " Never Again!"
I found here testimony from friends of mine who I have merited to spend time with over the last 50 years. These testimonies are a small percentage of the experiences of the war.
Being a Holocaust period survivor myself, I was very thankful for not having lived through some of the horrors endured by inmates of Auschvitz Bergen Belsen and other hell holes.
My and immediate family history is recorded in the Visual History Archive. Unfortunately both my father and a younger brother became victims of the murderous persecution along with a great many of my distant relatives.
It is important to keep the events of this period alive in the consciousness of present and future generations
Since learning of the Holocaust several decades ago, I have striven to learn more and to understand as far as I can how this catastrophe was possible. Last year my husband and I travelled to Eastern Europe to visit some of the sites of the Holocaust. I began a blog before our trip and continued to write in it during and afterward. This is an on-going project of mine. I am a psychologist, dealing with many asects of human suffering and behaviour. Rarely am I as affected though as I am by reading of the incomparable suffering of all who fell under the domination of the Nazi regime.
The link to my blog is www.ajourneytowardtheholocaust.blogspot.com. Friends and acquaintences of mine read the blog and speak with me about it. For some it is an entirely new realization about what occured during that period of our history. I recently met and viewed the testimony of a survivor of Auschwitz -- a powerful and humbling experience.
I think the Shoah Foundation does a great service to mankind that better would not be necessary.
I would be wrong to feel important just for being an accidental survivor. One should be wary to derive any importance from such an accident. I feel rather ashamed that I did not use my good luck to achieve anything worth mentioning in my remaining 69 years.
I admire the many persons who witnessed to have achieved a great and happy life after the Shoah.
It has broadened and deepened my life.