January 20, 2006
Back in August, the Houston Chronicle ran an article about Riva Kremer, a survivor of the holocaust in Nazi Germany.
I know Mrs. Kremer through my in-laws who knew her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Morris Penn. I can't help but think that Linda's death from kidney failure was due, in part, from the treatment she received as a child in the Nazi concentration camps. The Penn's were reticent when asked about their separate (Morris escaped from a concentration camp and was a part of the partisan forces that fought a guerilla war against the German conquerors, while Linda was emprisoned in several different concentration camps throughout the war. They did not meet until after the war was over.) experiences during WWII, but they did, over the years, tell my wife and I enough for us to get some idea of the evil visited upon them and many others by the Nazis. And about the strength and courage that they had to have in order to survive.
Despite some revisionists out there, the holocaust did indeed happen. And it was worse than we can imagine. Much, much worse. We, as a species, must never forget what evil we are capable of doing. And we must fight it. Within ourselves, and within others.
I strongly recommend you read the article.Posted by USAdave at January 20, 2006 06:45 AM | TrackBack