Remembering not to forget the Holocaust
Holocaust Remembrance Day is fast approaching, and I would like to share with you our upcoming events and my thoughts regarding the Holocaust from the perspective of a survivor.
CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center will observe Holocaust Remembrance Day on Saturday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. We will have a candle-lighting ceremony and I will make a few short remarks. Then, high school students will perform an original play called “Life in a Jar.” It tells the true story of Irena Sendler, a Catholic social worker who smuggled to safety 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto.
We opened the museum on April 30, 1995. We have now been open to the public for 17 years, with the exception of an 18-month closing when the first museum was destroyed by a fire bomb. We reopened in April 2005. About 65,000 people, mostly students, have visited our museum. They make many statements such as “Never Again” and ask me many questions, such as, “What made it possible for Adolf Hitler to rise to power?” If we want to prevent it from happening again, we had better understand it. These are the conditions that allowed Hitler to rise to power:
1. A bad worldwide economy brought on by the Great Depression.
2. Prejudice against Jews and others who did not fit Hitler’s idea of a pure Aryan race, and scapegoating the Jews for the bad economy.
3. The Treaty of Versailles that ended WW I. It was overly oppressive of the Germans and caused them to have simmering resentment.
4. The eugenics movement for selective breeding, which was promoted by leading scientists of the day in the U.S. and Europe. Hitler wanted to create a master race of blue-eyed blondes.
5. Most world leaders appeased Hitler by saying that he was not that bad. The truth is that we should never appease any terrorists.
We are grateful that we have been very busy, but not too busy to welcome any and all of you. We are open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
— Eva Kor
Founding Director CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Story about play was good reading
I was very pleased to read your extensive article with pictures on the Passion play in Fairbanks Park in the Easter Sunday paper. I hadn’t heard a thing about it until I read the paper on Monday.
Amazing! In any event, I think you really serve this community well.
— Robert L. Carter