Sunday, April 7, 2013

Yom HaShoah

Lest We Forget

In 1967, The Club of New Americans dedicated a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, and the Six Million Martyrs who perished at the hands of evil. The Club of New Americans was created by Denver, CO, Holocaust Survivors; they brought other survivors and their family’s together so we could grow as a community.

The Holocaust Memorial was placed on the grounds of Hillel Academy; a Jewish Day School, in Denver, CO. Every April we went to the memorial at the school, with other survivors and there families. Through the years, the Club of New Americans Survivors started to pass away, and the services at Hillel Academy dwindled, the memorial became neglected, and forgotten.

I started to visit the memorial every Yizkor after my father passed away in 1998, its to remind myself that Holocaust blood runs through my veins. During my prayers, I cried, and I asked, "Adonai (Lord), please hear my prayers, please give me strength, please help me endure my obstacles," and I would end my prayers with Yizkor.

On Tuesday, April 02, 2013, I went to the forgotten Holocaust Memorial to say Yizkor, and to my dismay all the plaques where stolen. I was angry, and I cried, how did we allow something so sacred to be defaced because someone needed the money? The money might have gone for drugs or perhaps a family needed the money to feed them, whatever the situation is or was the memorial was stripped of its plaques.

Yes, it’s personal to me, to my family, and to my father, the late Zesa Starr. It’s personal to the Club of New Americans, and their families who wanted to remind Denver, CO, a memorial was built by Holocaust Survivors.

The memorial was dedicated to commemorating, The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, and Honoring the Memory of our Six Million Martyrs.