In most countries of the world today, there will be conferences, seminars and religious services in relation to the International Day of the Holocaust Memorial. The date, which coincides with the January 27, 1945, anniversary of the release of Auschwitz, was declared by a resolution of the United Nations in November 2005.
Despite the gigantic written about Holocaust literature that has been written in different languages; feature films on the Holocaust featuring star-studded actors; the number of museums that the victims of the Holocaust remember; and ongoing educational programs related to the history of the Holocaust that are carried out not only in Israel, but also in many parts of the world, there are tens of millions of people who have never heard of # 39 ; The Holocaust, and even more than ever a survivor of the Holocaust.
Rena Quint, born in Poland, was born in America, but lived in Israel for more than thirty years. She is a holocaust child survivor and an articulated speaker who frequently talks to groups that visit Yad Vashem, which houses Jewish and non-Jewish groups in her house and that she is invited to speak with organizations in Israel and the # 39 ; foreigner
Quint never fails to amaze the fact that more than half of the non-Jewish people he knows, he only listened to the Holocaust because Yad Vashem was in his itinerary; Most of them had never seen each other face to face with a survivor of the Holocaust.
They are always fascinated by their history and want to know more.
The same goes for other survivors of the Holocaust who are willing to tell their stories.
Regardless of how many books and articles are read, or how many dragons of the Holocaust are seen on television or in the movie, nothing is compared to the encounter of a real and alive survivor and experience Listen to first hand what you have experienced.
■ KNOWLEDGE the importance of this inspiring the creation of Zikaron BaSalon, or Memory in the Living Room. Essentially, the program consists in bringing survivors home to talk with a group of 10 to 40 people.
The idea is to create a sense of privacy around the survivor.
These events have been held in regular homes, at the residence of the president and in diplomatic homes.
Last week, Israeli diplomatic husbands (DSI), an association of spouses and partners of foreign diplomats in Israel, met at the residence of Canadian Ambassador Deborah Lyons to listen to the survivor of the " Holocaust Sylvain Brachfeld, who said: "Even in a concentration camp, it is important to have the courage to continue practicing Judaism and remember who you are."
There are innumerable stories of secret plegarias and the observance of Jewish festivals in the fields, including the fact that many Orthodox Jews refused themselves from their poor portions of bread during Easter.
After the testimony of Brachfeld, who invaded the room's atmosphere, Tamami Awaji from Japan lifted the tension of tension that made three classic short pieces on the piano: Kaddish by Ravel. The Venetian Gondola of Mendelsohn and Nocturn of Chopin (op. Posthume). This followed an open discussion about the evils of the Holocaust.
"It is important for our diplomatic community to remember the Holocaust, to learn and stay united to ensure that this does not happen again," said DSI President Aldo Henriquez, the partner of the ambassador British David Quarrey.
"There is no substitution to learn directly from a survivor, and it's notable how easy it is to organize [that] in your house with the help of Zikaron BaSalon, "he added.
"The Zikaron BaSalon at the residence of the Canadian Ambassador was unique and incredible, not only for the exciting testimony of the beloved Sylvain or the generous hospitality of the ambassador but also The presence of more than 40 spouses and diplomatic partners who joined in a place to listen, talk, share, discuss and experience an event that encourages people from Israel and the world to take responsibility for the memory of The Holocaust of a way that will never be forgotten, "said Elad Shoshan, CEO Zikaron BaSalon.
"More than half a million people from 41 countries participated in Zikaron BaSalon last year, and I think that today we have noticed the beginning of a global expansion with the will of many diplomats of # host an event in their own venues in Israel and later in their respective countries that will continue to evaluate stories of surprising survivors of the Holocaust like Sylvain Brachfeld, "he added.
■ PRESIDENT Reuven Rivlin was in France last Thursday to open an exhibition entitled "Beyond work: save lives Thursday and show the way," a tribute to the diplomats who helped rescue the Nazis' Jews. The survivor of the holocaust child, D & # 39; voeah Kieffer, resident of the life-protected facility of Nofei Yerushalayim, who is managed by its residents, reminded a private American diplomat in France to whom she and Hundreds of others owe their lives.
The diplomat was Hiram "Harry" Bingham IV, the deputy consul of the United States in Marseille, who worked closely with Varian Fry, known as "American Oscar Schindler" and the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC), as well as Other rescue and help organizations.
Ignoring the instructions of the State Department, Bingham provided numerous visas and identity documents to Jewish and non-Jewish refugees, allowing them to escape successfully in southern France, and here, in many cases, in America.
After fleeing from Germany to Belgium and then to France, the Kieffer family was one of the last to navigate the United States from France displaced by war, hiding in wineries, sleeping in the sacks of sand, experiencing scandalous experiences and living with constant fear.
His father had preceded the family in Belgium and in some way had obtained false identity documents and visas, but visas needed to be stamped.
When he went to the United States Consulate in Belgium, he was told to return the next morning and everything would be organized for him.
However, that night, the Nazis bombed the city, because of which the consulate was closed on the next day. The family moved to France, where Kieffer's father, in some way, located Bingham, who easily stamped visas and provided additional identity documents.
The family kept in touch with Bingham, who later moved to Portugal and Argentina and was later expelled from the American Foreign Service for his so-called insubordination.
The family continued to maintain contact with the son of Bingham Robert, who for many years struggled to recognize his father for the risks he took to save people who could otherwise have been deported to the death camps.
Bingham proves to have saved more than 2,000 people, sometimes protecting them in their own home.
Among them were famous personalities such as Marc Chagall, Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst and Leon Feuchtwanger.
With the help of the documents provided by Kiepper and others, Bingham was recognized by the UN in 2000 as a Just Diploma and in 2006 he was memorialized by the Postal Service of the United States in his set of commemorative stamps in honor of prominent American diplomats. Every year, on the anniversary of her death, she and her family illuminate a commemorative candle for him.
■ THE readers of the Jerusalem report, and the veteran readers of The Jerusalem Post will remind Matt Nesvisky, who was the literary critic and a collaborator editor of the Report, and who died last month, # August.
Many years before, he was 16 years old senior director, copywriter, cultural reporter and writer at the Post, before returning to America in 1990, where he worked as a journalism professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.
Not only did he teach journalism, he lived it and breathed it, and although his students found that their standards were very tall and difficult to live, those who worried enough about journalism to stay in the course , they considered it the best.
In addition to being a teacher, Nesvisky was also an independent writer, who appeared in numerous national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Economist, The New York Daily News and The World Journalism Review. He reported many parts of the world, including Egypt, Lebanon, Great Britain, South Africa, Japan, China, Eastern Europe and Russia. His articles were reprinted in Latin America and Japan.
He also wrote for television and wrote several books, the most recent of which was The Holocaust Lover, which is a love story, a history of terror, a story and a mystery, fabrics of its many contacts with survivors of the Holocaust and their families. , and perhaps partly collected from his extensive collection of Holocaust literature.
Although several publishers were interested in their book, the consensus was that it was too long, and they wanted to cut it through several hundred pages.
That was something I could not do and could not do it.
The Holocaust was too much a matter.
The only editor who did not ask him to cut was Amazon, who informed him that, based on his experience, readers preferred longer stories. His solution to the problem of length was to publish the book in two volumes.
Nesvisky was in agreement, and was in the process of trying out the material when he died.
He left his wife, Linda, an artist, to complete the reading test. Fortunately, Nesvisky had been a writer and editor so meticulous that there was very little to do.
Corrections were mostly generated by computer, such as the spacing between words and phrases.
Amazon continued and published, and the two volumes were released for the end of last year. The set can be ordered from the Amazon website.
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