Excerpts From Reply To Two Students
Excerpts from a letter written to two children writing a report on the Holocaust[/b]
I will add several pieces of information and stories which are not on my site.
I was born in the 1930s.
Both my sister and I have remained in Israel since we came here. Several years ago my sister passed away. We both have families - children and grandchildren. I gave my children a normal life like everyone else here by not involving them in my past.
More than 20 years ago one day out of the blue I started painting and have continued every since. I had never painted as a young child. I do not feel that it is therapeutic. The importance of it is the transfer of my experiences and feelings in memorializing the Holocaust and the death of my parents, grandparents and the six million who were killed.
It is impossible to have good memories about what I went through in the Holocaust except for one incident which I remember. It was when the women, who were captured together with me, cut a 3 cm piece from the meager bread (4 pieces a day) which each received per day and built a cake of it for me on my birthday. This showed the humanity and the caring of those who had been together with me.
We worked in a factory as slaves. My head was shaved, and during the winter I was wearing only a thin dress and a cloth jacket in the freezing cold. Once, I looked out the back of the truck which took us to the factory, at all of the children my age going to school, running, playing, laughing, throwing snow balls and I could not understand why it was that I was so different.
I feel that it is a duty I have as a survivor to memorialize the Holocaust. It is the best way for me to transfer my feelings and experiences, and perhaps the only way I can because I do not talk about this experience. Every survivor must leave behind a story of what happened and this is my way.
Despite everything, I am very optimistic and continuing and not reliving the past, although the past is the basis of my life. I enjoy many things that the positive world is giving. Every day we are waking up in the morning to a new day, new beliefs, new hopes and opportunities. We never know what to expect with every new day but the hope and the desire gives us a new challenge and by that we can experience the most beautiful aspects of life.
I hope that the tragedies that happened and continue to happen due to the blindness of hatred can make people sit down for a while, think and ask themselves the question why and find the answer. It is a sin to discriminate. God created all of us equal. The beauty and love in the world was given to everyone, should caress everyone and cause joy and not suffering.
I wish you success on your report.
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