We must never forget the inhumanity that took place during the Holocaust. No matter who you are, what religion you practice, the color of your skin, the language(s) you speak, your economic standing, where you live, your choice of sexuality, regardless of your age and gender–all people must learn about and teach one another about what happened during the Holocaust. This week I started an Internship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York, NY as a Communications Intern within their Marketing and Public Relations department. It is an honor to be a part of a team where I can express my skills, learn from experienced and dedicated professionals as well as share a passion for educating all about the Holocaust.
I am extremly passionate about history, especially that of WWII and the Holocaust. Every single human being on this earth deserves the right to live a justified, safe and free life where they can grow as a person and experience the beauty of this world. However, approximately 6 million innocent lives of Jewish men, women and children were stolen and never allowed to lead long, fruitful and peaceful lives.
My father and I are two very different individuals, but we share a common devotion to history and teaching others about what happened during the Holocaust. Every since I was a young girl and could comprehend the severity of what human beings who are flooded with ignorance, cruelty and evil–I have been learning, researching, reading memoirs, attending survivor speaking events and doing my best to educate those around me about the atrocities that took place.
Meeting a Survivor
On my second day as an intern, I had the incredible priveledge to have a tour of the main museum galleries, led by Sol Rosenkranz, a phenomenal 93 year old Holocaust survivor whose whit, charm, memory and charisma is enough to make you catch your attention.
To hear his story and learn about what he went through as a young man is incomparable. He has been giving education tours at the museum since it opened in 1997. When I asked him why he gives these tours, he told me that he feels it is his responsibility as a survivor to tell his story to the youth that walk through the museums doors and to anyone who is willing to listen.
Sol tells his story on every tour he gives, and he gets students both young and in high school. No matter what background you may come from, or your upbrining, by being at the museum you are saying you want to learn about what took place, you are interested. When I came home that night, I told my parents, my boyfriend and my teenage sister about the incredible man who survived the Holocaust and told me his story. He is living history and it was a true privilege to meet him and hear him retell what he went through.
Human beings have the capability to create such wonder in this world. Yet at the same time, there are those that find faults within themselves that they feel they must transpose onto others and destroy entire villages and strip away the dignity of millions of people.
Everyday we must be grateful for the life that we have and when we see injustice take place before us, we owe it to all people to stand up and speak up for what is right. By staying silent, we are no better than those that create injustice.
As one person, I may not be able to save the whole world from all the problems and issues that are so wrong in this society and in countries around the world. However, when I meet a survivor and when I speak to youth and adults whom don’t know about what happened during the Holocaust, I tell them what I have learned. Each survivor’s account that I hear, I do my best to tell others about the story I have heard. That is how we can keep their voices alive when they pass. We must remember what happened, and never forget the lives that were taken.