In a powerful blog post, The Times of Israel writer Haim Roet shares his Holocaust survival story, thanking the many who helped keep him alive - including people close to him, like his mother, and complete strangers, who hoped to protect the innocent Jewish people from terrible suffering.
Their bravery and strength still inspire Roet today. He not only wants to continue sharing his own story of survival, but he also wants to help others share their stories and to keep the conversation going about the Holocaust - making sure we never forget.
I tried to find a way to make the Holocaust more personal, so people can understand the calamity of 6 million souls murdered for being Jewish. Thus I initiated the Unto every Person There Is A Name memorial project where the names of Nazi victims, their age, birth and place of death are read in public. These ceremonies are held throughout Israel and around the world.
Another project I am working on is recognizing and publicizing the courageous rescue work done by thousands of Jews who saved Jews under the most difficult and dangerous situations. Their deeds have not been recognized and are mostly unknown.
In the last 25 years, I have concentrated my efforts to assist in fostering more empathy in society towards the sorrows of others and to encourage positive actions and good deeds.
There are fewer and fewer survivors who can tell their stories. These stories must continue to be told so we can remember the victims and the communities that disappeared.
But it is even more important that the lessons of the Holocaust serve as a warning of where blind hate and racism lead to.
Read Roet's full survival story now.