“The shoes…..” is what my husband, Drew, said to me about his tour of a concentration camp outside of Hamburg while I was attending the Rotary International Conference this past June. He said it was very difficult to see all the shoes that were once worn by those whose fate was taken out of their own hands. Being one that can have tears roll down my checks with a sentimental movie or novel, I would not be one that could even sign up for such a tour.
This week we will hear the story that was never told to a son about how his mother survived the Holocaust. Irving Lubliner will be presenting excerpts from his book that were inspired by true accounts of his mother’s endurance during a very bleak time in world history. I can truly understand why some stories are left buried deep in one’s psyche so that life can continue on as best and normal as possible. Personally, my grandparents would not share their stories of the Great Depression but insisted on frugality and not being wasteful.
Please join me in hearing a story that will stay with you long after it is told. This is a part of history that I hope the World learns many lessons from. It is something that should not just be forgotten as something that happened to somebody else. This is why we are Rotarians, to make a difference in the lives of those around us and far away and even generations to come. I saw this program at the Ashland Rotary Club and President Alan Harper read this quote at the end: “We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Wiesel Perfect.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Michelle Corradetti, President
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