For several years I have been on a quest to find answers, initially about the death of my Grandfather, but also why the Holocaust happened.
In the case of my Grandfather I have found something like an answer, or at least something I can live with.
However when it comes to the Holocaust I have discovered there are no answers, just more questions. The picture above is of the Cordoza and Abas families.
Only the 3 youngest boys survived, The other 13 people were murdered. Among them was Sara Abigael Cardozo born in Amsterdam, 29 November 1937 .Murdered in Auschwitz, 21 October 1944.Reached the age of 6 years.
Below is a picture of Friedreich Josef Bier. Born in
Düsseldorf, 22 September 1927. Murdered in Bergen-Belsen, 29 November 1944 He Reached the age of 17 years. He was the son of Julius Bier and Berta Bier-Lewin. I share my birthday with his mother Berta. Friedrich’s siblings survived.
I don’t understand the hate, the randomness of the murders. Why children ? I know that especially Himmler spread the lie that the children would take revenge. But when did that actually happen after any war where Children took revenge on the death of their parents, on a large scale?
Another thing that I can’t understand is why so many stood by and did nothing. For fear? Allegedly Hitler told one of his inner circle that the world stood by when the Armenian Genocide took place and did nothing. He reckoned it would be the same with the genocide of the Jews, Gypsies, Homosexual and so many others.
Why are there still today , November 29,2022 people saying that the Holocaust never happened?
Finishing up with a poem of Martin Niemöller as a reminder that the hate and ignorance that caused the Holocaust has not gone away, it is merely lurking in the shadows waiting for the time to strike again. There are no answers just more questions, but that doesn’t mean I will stop looking
“First they came for the Communists and I did not speak out
Because I was not a Communist
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”