Look at the cool book to the left. This is a gift to us from Wanda, Walter and Dr. Gail. It is a gift we will cherish and use in our homeschool. I happen to have plenty of space on our shelves for new books at the moment. ::snort::
A few things that stood out to me after listening to the briefings presented this past week.... and in case the link thing doesn't pull up the post from 2007 that shows the survivor's quilt and such - you can find that here.
Holocaust - the word means "sacrifice or offering burned whole before the Lord".
6 million Jews and 5 million others perished at the hands of the Nazi German regime.
Judaism is "a religion with a strong cultural influence around it, not a race." This is important to note. Nazi Germany relabled Judaism from a religion to a race...and I suspect many of us, without thinking, may have the same definition. To be a Jew is to be part of a religion - the first to believe in one God.
Dr. Gail gave 7 or 8 elements that led up to the Holocaust...but I can't find the slip of paper I took notes on. If I find it, I'll post them. I found it very interesting to compare the history of the past with our current society. We are naive to think that genocide (a word created to describe the Holocaust)does not occur today or that it won't in the future.
Meeting a survivor and hearing their first hand story is both a burden and a gift. What will you do with their story to ensure that this never happens again? Those voices which deny the Holocaust are getting louder as the voices of the victims get fainter. Only 11 states require that anything be taught about the Holocaust. Six survivors in the Tucson group have died since September.
Books and things recommended to me (so I don't lose the paper before I find the books)
- Recent Hallmark movie about a lady named Irene - anyone have the title?
- "The Foundation of the 19th Century" - thoughts that led to discrimination of Jews
- "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" by Hana Volavkova Children's poems and drawings from Terezin Concentration Camp
- "Night, Dawn, Day" by Elie Wiesel
- Google Holocaust Diaries - other than Ann Frank's does anyone have some titles to share? The list is long.
- "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million" by Daniel Mendelsohn
- Books by Primo Levi
- "A Bag of Marbles" by Joseph Joffo
- "A Hero and the Holocaust: The Story of Janusz Korczak and his Children" by David A. Adler** This man is someone Mike and I both want to research further.
- Visit the US Holocuast Memorial Museum for lists of books, teaching plans, guidelines etc.
Other than the Yom HaShoa service, I think I've corralled my thoughts. Or, in CPE speak, I've down processed. I can move on with life and revisit the topic and thoughts when life is a bit less hectic.
BTW if you've read any of the above books, I'd love to hear your thoughts. If you have any diaries to recommend, I'd also love you to leave those titles.