THE SHOAH REMEMBRANCE DAY - January the 27th

Holocaust Memorial Day

 

Memory is a powerful instrument. When used properly, it allows us to grow and develope: we embrace what we learned and place it under our feet, like stepping stones, raising our level of understanding and extending our sight far beyond our horizons. It sometimes happens, that we feel like exploring these tomes of learning, and when we do, we remember who we are and where we came from.

Today is one of these days, a day in which we step down from our vantage point of the future and pause for a few hours, looking into the past in order to enrich our look of tomorrow. 

Today is the Holocaust Memorial Day.

What should we be mindful of?

Pain is something difficult to forget, even if to experience that pain was not us but someone dear to us, we remember the moments of panic, the racing to the hospital and convalescent care, but often the face of the doctor disappears from our memories, but that suture, that medicine, that attention... saved us from our pain.

On this Holocaust Memborial Day)the day Holocaust Memorial Day it is right to remember the pain and suffering of those martyrs who were torn away from their lives, because these memories should outrage us, and we must be convinced that such a tragedy is not acceptable, even if in some countries these realities have not changed. More importantly, the remembrance of this horrific tragedy should awaken the human nature within us and fill us with the desire to bring all human beings together, to find and highlight that special humanity that resides in each one of us.

Good Day World, together with our readers, wants to remember and honor the lives of the victims of the Holocaust, recalling in particular those heroes who risked their lives to save others, demonstrating that the human nature of man is essentially love, and that the love for others can lead us to the most extreme sacrifice.  These people are commonly called “the Righteous among the nations”, and estimates say they are a total of 23, 226, but we know that there are many more.  Their stories emerge from the stories of others; these are people who have done great deeds without seeking glory or recognition, it was a free act of love and solidarity.

The term "Righteous among nations" comes from a "Righteous Gentiles" that is used to indicate non-Jews who respect God's laws. The Yad Vashem Institute of Jerusalem, according to a decision of the Israeli Parliament, assignes this title to certain individuals, in order to show the gratitude and thanks on behalf of the entire Jewish people. Before the title is given, a research is conducted to evaluate and make sure that the person concerned did not act for any remuneration or compensation of any kind. So far along the "Avenue of the Righteous" at Yad Vashem, trees are planted in their honor and memory, since 1962, the date of the opening of the avenue opening.

We would like to mention a few of these heros.


Jan and Antonina Zabinski - Poland

In 1930 the Warsaw Zoo housed many animals, but during the war they were all killed by the bombing or taken to Germany. Jan Zabinski was the director of the zoo, and despite the huge issues he was facing, he couldn’t be indifferent to the sufferings of the Jews. When the ghetto was opened in Warsaw, Jan and his wife Antonina  helped them: Jan was able to enter with the excuse of having to check out the plants in the park, since he was a municipal employee; he used to go in and help the Jews as best as he could. When the situation of the ghetto began to degenerate, he offered them shelter, helped many Jews to obtainingpersonal documents, to finding a place to stay, lodging them on the floor of the empty cells of the zoo, until they were able to escape somewhere else. About a dozen of them even slept in his house, and that’s why someone named it as a “modern Noah's ark”.



Mykolas & Jadvyga Šimelis - Lithuania

It was November 26, 1943. The couple took into their own home 14 Lithuanian Jews. This act was extremely dangerous, especially for the fact that obtaining food for all these people was a difficult act to hide.

 


Nevertheless they continued to provide the Jews hidden staples. Mykolas remained supportive even after his wife died in April of 1944, and continued to help this group until July 1944, date of the liberation from Nazi occupation. A year later, July 10, 1945, the Lithuanian nationalists killed him.

 

Giovanni Palatucci - Italy

In 1939, Giovanni Palatucci was working as Assistant to the Police Commissioner in Fiume. He disobeyed orders, and managed to save 800 Jews. When this part of northern Italy was annexed to Germany, Palatucci continued to forge the documents of the Jews, helping them to escape in Palestine. He was subsequently arrested by the Gestapo in the fall of 1943, he was deported to Dachau, where he died  on February 10, 1945, guilty of the lives he had saved.



Jean Phillipe - France

Phillipe was a member of the resistance movement at the end of 1942 when he was named police chief in Toulouse. He used his position to prevent the arrest of many activists of the Resistance, and to provide false documents to some Jews. In January 1943, he was ordered to submit a list of all the Jews residents in that area, and he categorically refused to do it. He wrote a letter of resignation, in which he denounced the government of Vichy and its collaborationist policies, and expressed his refusal to work for a government that did not represent the ideals of France. He pointed out in this letter that the Jews have a right to live a life like any other citizen, and that what was happening was an unfair genocide. On the same day, later, he sent another letter to the head of the regional police, which claimed that he was unable to show him devotion, and added: "You will blame me, but I know that your soldier heart understands". After his resignation, Jean Phillipe continued his resistance activities, the Gestapo arrested him on January 28, 1943; his execution took place on 1 March 1944.



This was a modest contribution for those who, like us, today choose to remember. Remember, but not only: celebrate the memory giving it a sense. And what better way than taking a step towards each other, as these brave heroes did, without looking back?

That's why Good Day World news has chosen this day to welcome the Esperanto, because it is a means to reach unity between people from different backgrounds and culture of the world. GDWn wants to promote in this space many initiatives that have as their purpose the improvement of the world.

We wish you all a Memorial Day that doesn’t end today, but gives light to new questions and new resolutions on the path towards unity.

 

GDWN




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