Wednesday, January 27, 2010

tears in heaven

Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.
Elie Wiesel (b. 1928) writer, holocaust survivor, activist

in 2005 the united nation's general assembly designated january 27th as international holocaust remembrance day. on this date in 1945 the largest nazi death camp, auschwitz-birkenau in poland, was liberated by soviet troops.

forgive but never forget

work always for peace and tolerance

eric clapton performing his heartbreaking 1992 ballad tears in heaven

photo: memorial to the martyrs of the deportation is a quiet garden memorial at the eastern end of ile de la cité. the memorial was designed by the architect georges henri pingusson and inaugurated by charles de gaulle on april 12, 1962. the monument memorializes the 200,000 people who were deported from france to the concentration camps between 1940-1945, 85,000 of whom were political activists, resistance fighters, homosexuals and gypsies; 76,000 of them were jews, including 11,000 children. Only 2,500 of those deported survived. paris, october 2005


Anonymous said...

Like so many tragic things, this should never be forgotten...

Roy said...

This should never be forgotten, and it most especially shouldn't be forgotten by the very people who survived it and their descendants and the survivors of those who were claimed by it, and not used as a justification to deprive others of their homes and livelihoods. Remembrance goes both ways.

And it's always lovely to hear Eric.

Unknown said...

What an amazing statement by Elie Wiesel! Thanks for this simple & strong call to remembrance.

Betty said...

Forgive but never forget - yes
Work for peace - yes

Kim, that photo of the memorial is beautiful.

California Girl said...

lovely memorial. sad but necessary. visited Dachau back in the early Seventies. profoundly affected by that day.

"Never forget" is the inscription on the sculpture at Dachau.

Kate Hanley said...

Eisenhower wanted to see the camps himself because he wanted to be sure they would never be forgotten. I've been hearing stories all day about the Rememberance day, it's been amazing.

Megan said...

I will remember.