Tonight I attended a Holocaust Survivor's Story, at Seton Hill. Though I did not wish to go of my own accord (Connections assignment), I look back on the experience with amazement and grateful sentiments.
It is so easy to have some kind of preconceived notion about these lectures. Graphic pics, sad faces, tears.
Robert Mendler didn't express that side of the Holocaust, as he stated, it was his "own personal experience". No tears.
Well, not from him. From me.
His ability alone to speak of his experiences in concentration camps, losing everyone in his huge family, and immigration to the United States left me awestruck at the immense capabilities of the human spirit.
I want to re-rent Schindler's List and try The Pianist to get a better understanding (they were both Academy Award winners--good viewing material).
"The Holocaust is a period that should not be forgotten...for fear of reproduction in future generations," I am misquoting terribly, but he said something like that.
I don't want to forget; I don't want the children of the future to live with nightmares of gas chambers, mass graves, and lost loved ones killed at the crushing hands of bigotry.
It is our responsibility to make sure that doesn't happen. Through education we can prevent it--even through movies. Let us rise to that place.Posted by Amanda Cochran at September 23, 2003 10:46 PM