I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

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Yom HaShoah

Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holo­caust Remem­brance Day, in Israel. Racism has been in the news a lot of the last year or so, and yet we hear very little of the fact that anti-semit­ism is on the rise.

I have vis­ited Israel twice. It’s a place that quickly won my heart with it’s beauty and his­tory. Last time I was there was in 2014 and I was able to vis­it Yad Vashem, The World Holo­caust Remem­brance Cen­ter. To this day when I think about my vis­it the feel­ings come flood­ing back.

The museum which tells of all the events that took place across Europe over­whelmed me to the point that I couldn’t take it any­more. I had to walk to the end and find a place to sit down. After a cup of tea our group then vis­ited the memori­al which names all the people who died. It was just as over­whelm­ing. A friend who was part of our party was able to find the names of her fam­ily mem­bers in the memori­al and so the Holo­caust became even more of a real­ity to me. We learn all about the atro­cit­ies of World War 2 in our his­tory les­sons, but until there is a per­son­al con­nec­tion with the events it’s hard for it to feel like a real­ity. My Grandad once wrote me a let­ter about what he did when he fought in the War, it made the war a real­ity to me and not just some­thing to learn about. See­ing my friend find her fam­ily mem­bers in the memori­al had a sim­il­ar effect. 

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this post, oth­er than to say I will remem­ber them. I hope you will too, and I hope that togeth­er we can all make sure that some­thing like it is nev­er repeated. 

There are very few Jews left who sur­vived the Holo­caust, so we must find ways to make those con­nec­tions with his­tory a real­ity for the gen­er­a­tions who can­not hear first hand what it was like. I think the stor­ies of fam­ily mem­bers will play a cru­cial role in that. Let’s make sure it nev­er hap­pens again.

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