~This is the face of a boy about the age of my youngest son Aidan.
~This is the face of a boy who became my neighbor’s father.
~This is the face of a boy who became the grandfather of one my son’s earliest friends (who is now his co-captain on the highschool frisbee team.)
~This is also the face of a Jew on the day he was arrested and brought to Buchenwald with his brother, a Tuesday in early June, in the year 1944.
The NY Times said that the Holocaust is Fading from Memory, while a candidate for office in this nation claims it never happened.
We must do what Germany did.
The study of the Holocaust was made a mandatory part of the curriculum in their schools, as they continue to make reparations as a nation.
How might we as a people turn to face our own past? Can we commit to remembering that which we have inflicted on the inhabits here? Indigenous. Black. Japanese. Woman. Child.
Whenever we assign “other,” we seed the unthinkable, like the shooting up of a classroom of first-graders or highschoolers or the perpetuation of years of institutionalized sexual assault.
There is light and shadow to each of us and to each nation, and to ignore it is to participate in the legacy of suffering.
Because he was liberated from Buchenwald by US troops, Mr. Rosner, #1364472, will celebrate his 90th birthday this year.
He cannot deny or forget,
because he was there.