Another day is upon us. Let us take a moment to remember what was, what is, and what might come.
Today we lost a woman of great strength and humaneness. Yaffa Eliach has died. She created “The Tower of Faces” in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“The Tower of Faces” is so profound. Each time I have seen it, I am left speechless, filled with awe and deep respect for Yaffa Eliach’s tremendous efforts in creating the memorial. The photographs speak wonders of the individuals, times gone by, a collective history, moments in living, lives lost due to hatred.
One cannot walk through the immense exhibit without it affecting them intensely.
Rest in Peace, Yaffa Eliach.
Today, I remember Kristallnacht.
On November 9th and 10th, 1938, Kristallnacht (an intense series of attacks on Jews fostered by the Nazi party paramilitary) became known as the “Night of Broken Glass”. The glass storefronts of the Jewish-owned businesses were totally shattered, by both the paramilitary and by local citizens. The interior of Fasanenstrasse Synagogue in Berlin was destroyed, along with so many other structures.
“At least 91 Jews were killed in the attacks, and a further 30,000 arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals, and schools were ransacked, as the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned (95 in Vienna alone), and over 7,000 Jewish businesses destroyed or damaged.”