We are privileged to have a survivor of the Holocaust share his story with us on Wednesday, April 15th, which is the day set aside annually as a remembrance of the Holocaust. Herbert Kohn was a young boy when rioting broke out against the Jews on November 9 and 10, 1938, which became known as Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass.” Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the story told from one who was there. Herbert will show a short film as part of his presentation (there are no graphic images and this is suitable for youth). The program will be approximately 75 minutes.
On December 5, 1942, the London News Chronicle reported… “….Holocaust….Nothing else in Hitler’s record is comparable to his treatment of the Jews…the Jewish people are to be exterminated….”
The Holocaust began around 1933 when Hitler started arresting what Himmler called ‘racially undesirable elements’ of the German society. By the beginning of WWII there were 21,000 ‘undesirables’ imprisoned and by the war’s end…about 6,000,000 Jews and at least 6,000,000 criminals, homosexuals, Jehovah Witnesses, political prisoners, handicapped, aged and outspoken individuals had been ‘exterminated.’ One record claims there were around 16,000 Nazi prisons scattered over Europe and Russia, to house all kinds of “undesirables”, from common labor, to criminals, to POWs. Another report lists more than 21,000,000 people killed in the 16,000 or more Nazi camps. Most Holocaust records, however, speak of at least 12,000,000 Jews and others of lesser desirability being killed. For almost 75 years, the name ‘HOLOCAUST’ has been used to describe Hitler’s 12 year reign of horror.
Among the ruins of those Holocaust years are the remains of Nazi death camps, memorabilia, and diminishing survivors, decreasing liberators and fewer protectors who stood by their Jewish friends. Remaining as a light upon the past…a warning light from history…and a caution light for tomorrow is the observance of Yom Hashoah, a Holocaust Remembrance Day, established in April 1953, by David Ben-Gurion to remember the Holocaust. It is the call of human decency for the world to pause and hear again the cries of the persecuted….see again the wounds of prejudice…feel the scars of intolence…and remember again the inhuman treatment of Jews and the “undesirables” of the community…lest the Holocaust message is forgotten, only to be born again in a different way, in a different day.
Rev. D. Wayne Martin,
Founding Member of the Board of Directors and Honorary Board Member
Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc. Hollywood, Florida