There is a beautiful Irish song written and composed by Jimmy Mccarthy, it is called “My Wonder Child”. This is just part of the song text.
“This child he means the world to me
There is no more enchanted
A child can take this place of ruin
And magically enhance it”
This really applies to every child ever born. They are a wonder , a miracle. That’s why it is just so unfathomable there were those who felt compelled to destroy at least 1.5 million of these miracles. I can’t comprehend the evil behind it nor do I want to. It would and does sicken me to the core and touches my soul like nothing else does.
One of these 1.5 million + children was Moshe Tov Ihie Goldberger . He was born in Bratislava , the current capital of Slovakia. in 1940. The exact date is unknown.
He died in 1942 on transport #49 to either Sobibor or Auschwitz from Zilina,Trencin,Slovakia,Czechoslov.
Dear Moshe I want to cry and never stop crying but that doesn’t help me nor does it help you. I would love to hold you, embrace you and tell you everything will be fine, but I can’t.
I am convinced though that you are out there somewhere , as an angel, a real wonder child. Please know you are not forgotten.
At first I felt joy because who could not be joyful seeing those 2 beautiful smiley faces.
Then I am amazed because I see you two have the same birthday, April 4, 1932.
This is followed by bewilderment because you appear to have different last names.
Milan Herrmann and Dagmar Herrmannová. But after a bit of research I discover that it is the same surname but just a male and female version of the name.
You are twins. A whole world is open for you, The world is your oyster,you have the ability to achieve anything you want in life.
You have the ability but the opportunity was never given to you.
Evil men put you on a transport. 3 weeks after your 10th birthday. Shortly afterwards you were both killed.
Two beautiful children brutally murdered because of hate.
Knowing this hurts me.
All I feel now is pain.
On October ,28 1939, students from the Charles University in Prague held a demonstration to remember the 21st anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Czechoslovakia. The demonstration was violently suppressed by the occupying Nazi regime more then a dozen students were seriously injured, one of the students Jan Opletal later died of his bullet wounds on November 11,1939.
Four days later on November 15 1939 he was laid out and driven through Prague. Over 3,000 students were at the memorial event at the Institute of Pathology and the adjacent chapel.
The protectorate’s government had surprisingly given permission for the funeral procession. The event however quickly turned into another an anti-Nazi demonstration.
As a result, Reichsprotektor Konstantin von Neurath, the Nazi chief of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, initiated the so-called Sonderaktion Prag on the 17th of November 1939. All Czech universities and colleges were closed , and 1,850 students were arrested .Eight students and one professor who had been deemed the leaders of the demonstration, were executed.
- Josef Matoušek (historian and associate professor.
- Jaroslav Klíma (law student and Chairman of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia.)
- Jan Weinert (student of Bohemistics and Germanics.)
- Josef Adamec (law student and secretary of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia)
- Jan Černý (student of medicine)
- Marek Frauwirth (student of economics; as an employee of the Slovak embassy in Prague)
- Bedřich Koula (law student and secretary of the Association of Czech students in Bohemia)
- Václav Šafránek (student of architecture and record-keeper of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia)
- František Skorkovský (law student and Director of a Committee of the Confédération Internationale des Étudiants, Chairman of the Foreign Department of the National Association of Czech Students in Bohemia and Moravia)
Hitler authorised the execution without trial of the 9 protest leaders, and made it a policy to use force even for small gatherings.
If there were any further demonstrations, Hitler promised to “flatten” Prague.
1,200 students were sent to concentration camps.
On the 50th anniversary demonstrations were held in Bratislava and Prague which eventually led to the Velvet revolution and the election of artist Václav Havel as President on 29 December 1989.
November 17 is now also designated as International Students day, but if I see what some students protest or complain about nowadays I wonder if they are aware of the sacrifices made of the students in Prague in 1939.
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