Shoah/Holocaust, Ancestral Roots, Shabbat

Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day ended yesterday. But, for me the remembering never ceases.

Each day I am reminded of those who came before me. It matters not what their status is: whether they were murdered during the Holocaust, whether they survived and are still living, or whether the survivors are no longer living. The fact remains that they were victims of the Holocaust, and each day I remember them and pray for them.

I think of all individuals who are suffering forms of genocide, and it doesn’t matter where their location is. Genocide is genocide, no matter how you look at it.

Trees are beautiful life forms, but more than that, they are reminders of our ancestral past and our present. Their branches flow much like our own family tree branches out throughout the generations. Generation after generation, life is multiplied, and life also diminishes, but the radiance and illuminations of past lives resonates within our own ancestral branches and our hearts.

No matter where our paths lead, and no matter whether our skies are blue, cloudy or gray, there is always time for a moment of remembrance.

Please remember those who came before you, this Shabbat.

Painting taken by Nazis during WWII, returned to heirs.

A Real Titanic Love Story

Shabbat Shalom!

April 20, 2012 – 28 Nisan, 5772

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9 responses to “Shoah/Holocaust, Ancestral Roots, Shabbat

  1. The looting of art by the Nazis was HUGE, and it does not seem to me that it has ever been discussed much. I guess considering the other things that they did, this pales in comparison – right?

    Still, I have done a lot of research about it because I hope to write about it some day. When the Allies re-took Europe, they found priceless paintings everywhere – salt mines, warehouses, old castles.

    It was a real problem, so they put everything in the Munich Collection Point, which in its day instantly became the world’s largest art collection, because THAT’S how much art the Nazi’s had looted!

    The Army had a special division that tried to return all this art to its rightful owners.

    Back to the original looting…it was part of their doctrine. The Dutch Old Masters were “pure” art. Impressionism was “degenerate” art. Really crazy, twisted stuff because major Nazis were collecting so-called degenerate art.

    This comment is getting to be too long. :)

  2. Thanks for a very thoughtful post reminding us of the importance of remembering all of those who have gone before us. Victims of the holocaust certainly, but all the others as well. I like your tree analogy.

  3. I like your choice of photos for this very important day.

  4. This is a very thoughtful post as all of your posts are..I seem to think more and more about the past as I research mine and my husband’s family trees…

  5. Very touching post. Gives meaning to all of the trees outside Yad Vashem. Have you been? They have a tree for each noble gentile (I think that’s what they’re called) and I think other trees too. It’s a huge tree area.

    • No, I haven’t been, Elisheva, to Yad Vashem, but to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. I have had many trees planted in Israel, though, in honor of those Jewish ancestors who came before me.

      Yes, they do have trees for each Righteous person.

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