Remembering the Holocaust
The term Holocaust is used to describe the killing of millions of Jews and other people by the Nazis during World War II. What does the word mean and what are the origins of the word?
Historically, the word is used to describe a burnt offering or sacrifice. Definitely it means genocide on a mass scale. You might call it a thorough destruction involving extensive loss of life, especially by fire. Although six million European Jews were murdered during World War II, countless European civilians were also victims of Hitler's Holocaust.
The history of the Jewish people dating back to ancient times is a repetition of conquest, slavery, and living in foreign lands. Always, after a period of time a remnant of the Israelite people would return to their homeland. They never forgot the land given to Abraham by God in the distant past. When Roman general Titus laid siege to Jerusalem in 70 A.D. the Jews were carried away from their homeland once again to be scattered across the world for nearly two thousand years. Yet there were always a a small population of Jews living in Jerusalem.
Hebrew was a dead language and no one believed it could be revived. And yet they speak Hebrew in Jerusalem today.
The events of World War II and the actions of Hitler and the Nazis; who wanted to wipe out a group of people; were part of the painful story of the return of the Israeli people. This is an ongoing story as there has been no peace in the region since 1948 when Israel became a nation.
This morning the sirens blew and everything stopped in Israel for one minute as the population were reminded of the dead who lost their lives sixty-seven years ago in an extermination attempt driven by Adolf Hitler of Germany. This madness lasted for years and by the time it was over six million Jews had fallen in the most determined attempt to wipe out a group of people off the face of the earth ever attempted.
On April 12, 1951, the Knesset proclaimed Yom Hashoah U'Mered HaGetaot (Holocaust and Ghetto Revolt Remembrance Day) to be the 27th of Nissan. The name later became known as Yom Hashoah Ve Hagevurah (Devastation and Heroism Day).Later it was simplified to Yom Hashoah. Israel's calendar is lunar so the dates do not correspond with the Western Calendar.
Remembering Anne Frank
Diary of Anne Frank
Most of the images I found were too ghastly to post (at least for me) in this hub. Today we have new terrorists and leaders arising who would like to make us believe that this event never happened. Such vicious people should not be allowed to rise to leadership position because nothing good will come of such leadership.
Masterpiece Theatre played The Diary of Anne Frank on Sunday night. I found myself mesmerized and unable to move on so I watched the entire program. All the people who lived in that attic room away from the world for two years died in prison camps except for Otto Frank. Anne Frank was his daughter. Imagine living more than thirty years after such a loss with only the memories of a family left behind. Otto Frank died in 1980.
After watching this movie based on Anne Frank's diary, these people were so real to me that I find myself unable to let them go. These were real people, with real hopes and dreams. Anne Frank hoped to grow up to be a writer and live a very modern lifestyle. Margot Frank had a dream of going to live and work in Palestine. All hopes and dreams were lost.
The lessons of the holocaust are grim and appalling.We watch the movies, visit the memorials and museums and find it hard to believe that such things really happened. There are those who deny that it did happen. It is only a matter of time before another evil monster will arise with death and destruction on his mind. This is the world in which we live. We pride ourselves on how far we have come, but underneath there is still that spark of evil that raises its head from time to time to remind us...
Images of the Holocaust
As I assembled these photographs I found myself staring at the images of Anne Frank next to the image of Hitler and his men. It troubled me. I could not stop staring at these images side by side. I arranged and rearranged the images until finally I could bear it no longer and removed Hitler from the capsule with Anne Frank. The criminal Adolph Hitler does not deserve a place of honor next to that child. No doubt he was a troubled man but many men are troubled. They do not become mass murderers in hopes of ruling the world.
The Real Anne Frank Home Movie
Anne Frank Film Below
July 22 1941. The girl next door is getting married. Anne Frank is leaning out of the window of her house in Amsterdam to get a good look at the bride and groom. It is the only time Anne Frank has ever been captured on film. At the time of her wedding, the bride lived on the second floor at Merwedeplein 39. The Frank family lived at number 37, also on the second floor. The Anne Frank House can offer you this film footage thanks to the cooperation of the couple.
- Official Anne Frank Channel - YouTube
Explore the life and significance of Anne Frank through unique images.
- Remembering the Holocaust
Ways to remember the Holocaust
- Yom HaShoah: Remembering the Holocaust
65 years after the liberation of Buchenwald, Jews worldwide remember the Holocaust on Yom HaShoah.
- Holocaust Cybrary remembering the Stories of the Survivors - Remember.org
A Cybrary of the Holocaust is an educational forum bringing together Holocaust survivors, descendants, art by children, educational efforts, and Books by Survivors to promote learning and remembering.
Why We Should Study the Holocaust.
- Remembering the Holocaust
Discussion about the real reason for the holocaust.
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