It was over a steaming bowl of chicken soup that a 95 year-old survivor of the Majdanek concentration camp told me about the spring morning her mother and younger sisters were dragged away forever. That same morning, a girl she did not know was heard pleading with an S.S. officer to let her stay beside her own mother. This was not be, and after the girl’s mother was sent to the line for those condemned for death, the officer grinned and said, “Don’t worry sweet child, you’ll soon be with your mama and the Himmel Commander.”
There are those rightly concerned with the fact that the Holocaust is becoming a dim memory. And yet, one must ask if forgetting the details of Holocaust is worse than forgetting about the details of Judaism itself?