Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is also the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Excerpts from “Oswiecim” (“Auschwitz”), silent film footage taken beginning January 27, 1945.
To all those who came before me, whose blood courses through my veins, whose DNA lives on in me, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, I want to thank you for BEING. I may never have met you, but I know OF you. I know you through traditions, stories handed down, through genealogical research, through an innateness that allows me to perceive who you were and who you stood for. I know you because my Jewish heart swells with joy, with sorrow and sobs, with love for you, and with sentiments I treasure and hold dear.
My ancestral tree proudly links you on branches. The tree of life of my familial leaves display you with pride and honor. You are all a part of my past, my present, my future.
Your lives are not forgotten. Your lives live on in my prayers, and in my soul.