Wednesday, January 26, 2011

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 1/27



How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.                              - Anne Frank


 
Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. 

To learn more about the Holocaust please go to The US Holocaust Museum and Yad VaShem websites.


 
Ofra Haza


 But in the end The Jewish People Live....




Remember: The Nazis began their experiments with mass murder on the disabled before they turned full force against the Jewish people. Whether it is International Holocaust Remembrance Day or the Jewish remembrance day called Yom HaShoah, I remember. Not just because my children are descendants of the 3500 year legacy of the Jewish people, but as persons with disabilities they are twice threatened by intolerance, ignorance and sheer unbridled hate.




Until next time,





Elise


P.S. Besides the well known Diary of Anne Frank, I recommend for tweens (9-13) Number the Stars and The Devil's Arithmetic. For older teens I recommend the book by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie WieselNight.  For children in the early years of elementary, this of course can be a very frightening subject, but there is one book that I really like The Yellow Star, The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark. The story of what we as human beings can do in the name of what is right. Actually that one is good for all ages as well.