Today, I do not have a post for you. Today I have a request.
It is Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On this day I ask you to take a moment and consider the lives lost and history changed during the years of 1933-1945. Consider how many times you’ve heard the declaration it either never happened, or will never happen again, and then search for modern genocide.
This is a topic I have always cared for deeply. It is one of the few things to ever move me where I have no personal connection. I literally could spend hours, days, weeks, reading or listening to information and never grow tired or annoyed. If anyone has resources to share, both factual or fictional (historically based fiction books) I would appreciate any links/ideas.
I leave you with this widely heard/read quote. Attributed to Martin Niemöller, a German pastor, although the exact wording and context is not always agreed. Every time I hear or read this, it makes me cry.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Hug your loved ones, honor those lost and never forget.