Sunday, January 27, 2013

International Holocaust Remembrance Day


The Cover of The Triumphant Spirit, by nick del calzo


The United Nations General Assembly resolution 60/7, the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, created on January 27. The significance of January 27, on January 27, 1945, Auschwitz/Birkenau Concentration Camp was liberated from the Nazis.

Prior to that Auschwitz/Birkenau was a camp designed to do one-thing select prisoners for labor or death.

Who shall live and who shall die…

The selection, when the trains pulled into Auschwitz/Birkenau, the youngest, to the oldest, would disembark from the cattle cars. They left their belongings on the trains, and stepped onto the ramp and where greeted by SS doctors.

The two lines were formed; the Left line, the oldest (both men and women) to the youngest of children, women, and the sick, went to the crematorium immediately. The Right line, the prisoners where greeted by SS doctors, and Dr. Mengele for re-inspection to see who was fit for labor.

Once the labor selection was made they where tattooed, and given a number used for identification purposes. Mainly the men received the tattoo’s, but women where also tattooed.

The Nazis shamed the Jews with tattoos. It’s a sin to tattoo a Jew. In the Five Books of Moses (Torah), in Leviticus, we read in Kedoshim, 19:28; you shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print marks upon you; I am the lord.

Here it is 68 years later and a new craze is taking place amongst the Jewish Second and Third Generations of Holocaust Survivors. They’re tattooing the numbers of relatives who survived the Holocaust on their bodies. It’s a way to Remember, to understand and to identify with the Holocaust and their heritage. They’re not selected once they get off cattle cars, the numbering is by choice for the historical memory of the Survivors who've passed away.

Many Jews, including the Survivors are against the act, but if you do a tattoo, the Chabad Organization is offering their advice to a delicate topic amongst many. Remember Leviticus 19:28 forbids tattoos.

The tattoos are equivalent to an Israeli Soldier, who climbs to the top of Masada to profess strength and protection against Israel’s enemies. The children and grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors are tattooing the numbers as an act of “Remembrance” and Never Forget that hate, and Anti-Semitism are alive and flourishing in the world today. 

My father and my uncle where tattooed consecutively in Auschwitz/Birkenau. My father, Zesa Starr's numbers are 111835 and my uncle, Emil Gold’s number is 111834. I will not do a tattoo, I will remember, Never Forget that hatred against the Jews is flourishing around the world, and I will do my part to fight back against Anti-Semitism.



Never Forget


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Think



The Republic Plaza


I went out on a walkabout to clear my head and think. I did my thinking in front of the tallest building in downtown, Denver, The Republic Plaza. The sky was blue, and the air was crisp and clean for thinking.

T H I N K

By Helen R. Starr

As a child, I was told to “Think” before I spoke and children speak first and think later. Time elapsed, I am an adult, and I do “Think” before I speak. Let me share a phrase about thinking before you speak.

Before you utter words T H I N K.

T – is truths
H – is honesty
I -  is important
N – is necessary
K – is knowing

Do you speak Truths, with an Honest heart, and is it Important, and is it Necessary, and do you Know what you’re speaking about.

How many times have you spoken, and did not think. I am thinking before I speak. “Cogito, ergo sum…

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year

Winter Picnic 2013
You’re invited to the first Winter Picnic of the New Year. It’s BYO (Bring Your Own). Bring charcoal, food, beverages, humor, wood, and joys. No ice necessary, just thermoses filled with warm liquid. Please dress accordingly, the snow is clean and fresh, and it’s at a great location, a City Park near you.

Let’s have fun, and I’ll see you at the Winter Picnic…

~ex