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Holocaust Rememberance Day

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     Israel came to a standstill today as sirens blared for 2 minutes to remember the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust.  At 10am cars came to a hault & people stopped bowing their heads to remember the victims.  All the tv channels since yesterday evening have either stopped broadcasting or have memorial programs.
        I was watching another documentary this time about 2 men who escaped the Auschwitz concentration camp.  They hid inside a hallowed wood pile and covered themselves in tobacco for 3 days til the search was over.  They escaped April 7, 1944 running and hidding until they walked  140km to reach the Polish-Solvakian border.   These 2 men went on to write a 32 page report entitled the Vrba-Wetzler report.  It went on to describe the terrible conditions and autrocities happening in Auschwitz and their expansion plan for Hungary who was not yet occupied.  These men wanted nothing more to stop the blood shed and have the allies realize what was really happening at the camps.  The report was at first hid by Katsner who was negotiating the safety of 1,600 Jews from Hungary.  Later other copies made it’s way across Europe & America  and 2 months later the BBC broadcasted their stories about the gas chambers.  The allies persisted in liberating the Jews from Nazi Germany.
      It was a remarkable story and until the very end of the documentary I didn’t realize that this was indeed Rudy Vrba a family friend of ours since childhood.  We had known Robyn & Rudy Vrba since I was little.  We often had lunch with them and he would tell us how his friend & him escaped from Auschwitz which has never before been done.  He showed us his tatoo of his number labeling him a prisoner.  He was a very cherised family friend for so many years until his death in 2006.  His memories will live on of his heroism & courage, escaping Auschwitz and helping shed the light on the autrocities.

In memory of the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudolf_Vrba

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Written by gloriastarr

April 21, 2009 at 10:47 am

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  1. This blog’s where its happenning. Keep up the good work.

    _joey_

    April 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm


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