A poster designed for this year’s Yom Hashoah, which depicts a family as the shadow of an old man with the words, “Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day 2012”, pays tribute to both the survivors and the millions who were murdered.
We must remember the times of cruelty and suffering. We must remember the old men and women whispering ancient prayers, and the children….we must always remember the children, frightened and forlorn….walking towards the flames rising towards the heavens. Among those children—future scientists, doctors, scholars, politicians, writers, teachers, philanthropists. One of them might have invented a cure for cancer or for AIDS. Those who fell with weapons in their hands and those who died with prayers on their lips. Those who have no graves, our heart remains their cemetery.
How can we honor our past so that we can celebrate our future? It is up to each one of us to be a part of a generation of that teaches its children to never forget, but also אני מאמיו I believe.
What an opportunity for each one of us to grow, to learn, to bear witness.