Tomorrow, Thursday, April 19 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hashoah.
It has been more than 60 years since this period of unspeakable horror when more than 11 million people were killed. This includes more than 6 million Jews. While each life is equally precious, in many countries, entire Jewish communities were exterminated.
There were also many righteous gentiles who fought the Nazis. A Catholic Church in Poland saved my aunt, at personal risk to those saving her. She is not the only one whom they and others saved.
On a personal level, the families of 3 of my 4 grandparents were exterminated. There were but a few survivors.
A few years ago I visited Auschwitz where some family members died and, beyond odds, a few survived. There are no words. My world view has been forever altered having been there.
We say Never Again. May that apply to all people.
In gratitude to my firm for recognizing this day.
In memory of my family members and a special prayer for all the children whose lives were taken from them.
Posted by Jonathan Segal
@ April 18, 2012 10:48 AM EDT