Holocaust Remembrance Day – Il Giorno della Memoria


Today I don’t want to write about wine but rather about family. All the families that lost people in the Shoah, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, children, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, friends, lovers, husbands, and wives. My family lost 80 people – all of my great grandfather’s brothers and sisters and all of their children, 11 siblings. I can’t stand it as I watch people being attacked the world over still just because they are Jewish and right here in our Capital wearing shirts that use a play on words as if the concentration camps were some version of summer camp. Two people survived from the family, in Poland, two. They made their way to the United States and appeared at the Seder at my grandmother’s house in the late 1940s. I was watching the stories of what went on in the train cars that brought people to the camps today as the Italian consulate in New York organized a 5 hour virtual event.   I am overwhelmed with sadness at what people went through. Having a small son has made it even harder to bear as I imagine mothers saying goodbye to their babies.  All I want to do today is hug my happy boy and pray that we will never forget and will fight the rise of anti-semitism when it rears its ugly head, as is happening today.

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