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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Holocaust Reality

Though this is the week that we commemorate Yom Hashoa, it's hard to really have any sense of proportion when it comes to remembering the massive tragedy that was the Holocaust. Krum points us to something that really brings the loss home (from the American Jewish Committee Year Book for 1946-1947):
Estimates of the world Jewish population have been assembled by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (except for the United States and Canada) and are probably the most authentic available at the present time. The figures reveal that the total Jewish population of the world has decreased by one-third, from about 16,600,000 in 1939, to about 11,000,000 in 1946, as a result of the annihilation by the Nazis of over five and a half million European Jews.

Sobering.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orthomom,
I admire your courage and humility to recognize a lapse and rectify it.
You are a class act.

10:11 PM  
Blogger rebba shlita said...

more sobering was the last day of pesach when my wifes grand mother turned to me and said that tonight is the anniversary of when those people came in and took them away. for many that night it was the last time they saw their families.
the satmar rebba was just niftar, this family he has is his second family he had a wife and children that were all killed. how many out there started all new families.
i could go on forever about this topic and about how those that were not there can not even fathom what really happened.
thanks orthomom for pointing out this all important day, and even for all of us that are not in israel when that siren sounds we should all take a moment and reflect.

2:26 PM  
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