photo courtesy of The United States Holocaust Museum, www.ushmm.org
Today I won't be posting any craft projects, because I've got something much more important on my mind, and weighing heavily upon my heart. Today is Holocaust Memorial day in Israel, and around the world.
In Israel a siren is sounded and the entire country pauses for one minute and stands in memory of the 6 million who were tragically taken from this world. Traffic stops on freeways, and on busy city streets cars come to a stop and most drivers get out of their cars to stand. It is a truly moving sight and though I did not witness it today, it really brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
I won't go into the details of the Holocaust, as I'm quite sure most of you are familiar with them, but if you'd like to read more, especially moving stories from survivors, there are many websites dedicated to the topic. If you are unaware of the gruesome details or need something visual to connect to the horrific nature of the event, just search for Holocaust images on google, and there's more than enough shocking photographs to provoke some introspection.
And certainly we owe it the innocent people who were brutally murdered to speak about this tragedy with our children who are old enough to understand. And it is up to all of us to take responsibility within our families and communities to ensure that we do not allow evil of any kind to prevail.