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THREAD for #YomHaZikaron: At the end of the book of Genesis, Joseph makes one deeply poignant request: Though I die in exile, God will bring you back to the land, and when He does so, "veha'alitem et atzmotai mizeh", “Carry my bones” with you.
Moses smashed the first set of tablets given to him by God at Mount Sinai, but the Israelites carried them in the Ark, together with the second set, the new tablets and the fragments of the old.
And so it has been throughout #Jewish history; we carry with us all the fragments of our people’s past, the broken lives, the anguished deaths.
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I’m a 43 year old Jewish female. Born in Israel to parents who fled Riga almost 50 years ago. I come from a fairly small family. My dad died when I was a teenager & my grandparents died when I was young as well. When I was growing up my family never spoke about the Holocaust.
Since my dad, my grandparents & my aunt died when I was young, we never had a real discussion about the Holocaust, so I assumed they were left fairly unharmed during WWII. I was wrong. This morning my sister told me she’s been researching our family through Yad Vashem.
Turns out my father, grandparents, aunt and other relatives are listed as Holocaust survivors. We also learned we weren’t from a small family. It was small after the Holocaust. I learned this morning that my great grandfather was murdered in the Holocaust.
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At sundown, Yom HaShoah, the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, begins. My father survived the Holocaust. Many members of my family - along with millions of others - were murdered, simply because they were Jewish.
Survivors and so many others pledged to never let future generations forget what happened so that a horror like the Holocaust never again occurs. #neverforget #neveragain
Anti-semitism is surging today. Honor the memories of those who died by educating yourself and those around you about what happened — and what is happening. @HolocaustMuseum @AuschwitzMuseum #yomhashoah
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As night falls, @jrwagz light a #YellowCandle to remember a single life lost in the Holocaust.

Blima Lancberg died age 8, the same age as our son is today. She was born and died in Sonowiec, Poland. She would have been 85 today had she lived.

We must never forget
@jrwagz What do we know about little Blima?

Not very much.

From her profile in the @yadvashem database, based on a relative's testimony, we know that she was born in 1934 and died in 1942 in Sosnowiec.
Blima lived for eight years and her memory is now reduced to this single form, and a few scant biographical details, filled in in Hebrew script.

Was she a lively girl? Did she have many friends? Did she want to be scientist when she grew up? We will probably never know.
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A thread as #YomHashoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - begins.

I'm the granddaughter of survivors. My grandmother grew up in Poland, the youngest of 6 sisters.

Her whole family was killed by the Nazis. She hid under a porch as they slaughtered her sisters. (1/10)
After the war, my grandparents — who had previously known each other through a friend — reconnected, got married, and came to America.

They were proud Jews. They raised another proud Jew. And she raised this one.

It was safe here. (2/10)
Growing up, anti-Semitism was a far off concept that could never gain real traction here.

I brought my grandmother to school to share her story as history, not a cautionary tale.

My biggest concern at synagogue each Saturday was whether they’d hand out candy at the end. (3/10)
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