Holocaust - the systematic annihilation of six million
Jews - is a history of enduring horror and sorrow. The
charred skeletons, the diabolic experiments, the death camps, the mass
graves, the smoke from the chimneys ..
1933 nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be
occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three
European Jews had been killed by the Nazis.
Holocaust survivor, the author Elie Wiesel, has dedicated his life to ensuring that
none of us forget what happened to the Jews. The Nobel Prize recipient
those times there was darkness everywhere. In heaven and on earth, all the
gates of compassion seemed to have been closed. The killer killed and the
Jews died and the outside world adopted an attitude either of complicity
or of indifference. Only a few had the courage to care."
women were inspiring evidence of human
Maria von Maltzan - throughout the war
she provided a safe haven for more than 60 Jews, arranging for them to
escape to safety.
Sendler - an unfamiliar name to most people, but this remarkable
woman defied the Nazis and saved 2,500 Jewish children by smuggling
them out of the Warsaw Ghetto.
Haining - in Auschwitz the missionary refused to reject her
children and showed herself to be a saint. She was murdered in the gas
Gies - during the Nazi occupation of Holland the Austrian-born
Dutch woman risked her life daily to hide Anne
Frank and her family from the Nazis.
Schindler - not only a strong woman working alongside her husband
Oscar Schindler but a heroine in her own right. She worked
indefatigably to save the Schindler-Jews.
Yes, there were acts of courage and human decency during the Holocaust -
stories to bear witness to goodness, love and compassion. To serve as
eulogy to the millions with a yellow star who lived and died during the
dark years of the Nazi genocide.