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Jan 29, 2005 4:36 pm


THE HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION AND ME



My mailbox is exploding. But I am mentally fatigued. For a week, French TV dedicated a segment to the Holocaust. It does not like it's new anti-Semitic image and the holocaust is a cheap way to make amends. Putin expressed his regret about the rise of anti-Semitism in Russia. I should feel grateful for these small favors but I find it difficult.

The world loves victims, even or most especially, Jewish ones. The West admits that the bombing of the Aushwitz crematoria could have saved at the very least, much of the Hungarian Jewry, i.e., my family. My Hebrew name is Rissel Zlata. Rissel was my father's sister and Zlata my mother's sister. Both had babies and both chose to go to the oven with their babies rather than let their babies die alone or with their mothers in law. Zlata had"Titian hair" (according to her adoring soccer playing husband) and her one year old was born with a tooth in his mouth.

And, yet, I am grateful to the allies for freeing my mother's single sister and teen-age half brother. The rest of the family perished.




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