As Passover comes to an end, I have been reading about all the solemn remembrances being observed all over our community for the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. I find it somewhat ironic, when there are over 50,000 elderly Holocaust survivors living in Israel, and many thousands of holocaust survivors living in the former Soviet Union living in abject poverty right now. They don’t have bread to eat, going hungry, doing without needed medicines because they don’t have the money.
Why is it that we are willing to have solemn assemblies of remembrance while allowing survivors of the worst event in Jewish history to literally starve to death and pass out of this life without even a minimum of assistance we could easily give? The sad fact is, it is easier for us to light a candle, or present a rose in memory than to dig into our pockets and help someone still in need. For a survivor, its like going to your own funeral and hearing people say nice things about you, while you are alive in your own coffin, and no one seems to realize it. An even sadder fact, is that within the next five years, they will all be dead. The youngest of them are in their 70’s, most are in their 80s. We are the last generation who will have known actual survivors of the holocaust, and the last generation that will be able to help them. The Holocaust deniers are already lining up to say it never happened. What will be when they are all gone; when there is no one left who heard the cries?