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Review: Memory Wall

If you are looking for a collection of stories that touch the heart and soul, I recommend Memory Wall-Stories, by Anthony Doerr.

Each story is unique, and not connected to the others. Yet, there is a soulful connection within them that spans the thousands of miles in their locations.

The stories speak of memory and how our memories hold life within them. My favorite story (actually a novella) is entitled “Memory Wall”. It is about an old woman, losing her memory, and a young boy who captures her memories. The story encompasses the positive aspects of keeping memories alive. Through memories, those we hold dear remain with us, and their lives are not forgotten. The young boy exhibits redemption, through sensitive and poignant visuals.

From a seed keeper of a village about to be demolished, to a teenaged girl who moves from Kansas to Lithuania, the stories are so diverse in culture and locals, yet there is constant sameness within them. That connection is memory, love, loss and remembrance of what is important to us, what once was and how it reflects in our present.

Anthony Doerr captures emotions and thoughts with precision and with poetic word-imagery. Memory Wall is a stunningly beautiful, evoking emotions within this reader, and filling my senses with life-affirming loveliness.

I highly recommend Memory Wall-Stories to everyone.

This is my second reading of this beautifully written book. I read it again, for a book club.

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Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom HaShoah begins at sundown, tonight, May 1, 2019, and ends at sundown May 2, 2019. Let us never forget…

Here is a link, to ‘Velveteen Rabbi’ Blog where you can read twelve poems for Yom HaShoah that were written by different individuals, and also a memorial prayer.

If you want to learn more about the Holocaust, visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

You might also want to visit Yad Vashem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

This poem was written during WWII, etched on the wall of a cellar in Cologne, Germany, by a Jewish person in hiding. It has also been attributed to being written on a wall in a Nazi concentration camp, in Cologne, Germany.

“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.
– Unknown

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