That hit me right in the feels. Trying not to cry at work now.
The whole Holocaust is of such an epic scale of incomprehensible horror that it’s easy to drift into desensitization from time to time and forget how recent it really was.
It’s soo important to be reminded that every single one of the victims was a someone, and a loss still in need of mourning.
“I survived because of many miracles. But for me to actually meet, shake hands, hug, and cry together with my liberators–the ‘angels of life’ who literally gave me back my life–was just beyond imagination.’
– Leslie Meisels, Holocaust Survivor
Fox News chose to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day by showing an image of George Soros clutching a wad of cash in their coverage of the upcoming SCOTUS appointment, suggesting that Jewish financiers are secretly calling the shots at the highest levels of US government. Real subtle, guys.
One of my old partners, now retired, was the son of an English soldier and a Holocaust survivor whose camp his dad had helped liberate. He had a photograph of the camp gate with “Arbeit macht frei” up on his office wall as long as I knew him. It was not that long ago.
A family friend would not have been born if not for the fateful decision of his parents and his uncle to leave their village in what is now Slovakia upon hearing rumors the Germans were coming. They went to Belgium, but the Nazis were coming, they then made it to England just in time, and the men fought for with the British until WWII was over. Eventually, they made their way to the US, after my family friend was born. I have no idea why he and his wife decided they wanted to live in Michigan, but I’m glad they did. We never would’ve met otherwise.
The Nazis murdered every last member of their family that stayed behind. There is a memorial in their ancestral village with the names of the victims. I hope to travel there myself after I retire.
Frank Foley, British Master Spy/Heroic Rescuer
In addition to building up an effective spy network within Nazi Germany’s scientific community, Foley used his cover identity to rescue people from the Nazis. His deeds would not be officially recognized until decades after his death.