Soon, in the next few years, all the survivors of World War II, civilian and military, will be gone. I watched those last few survivors of Pearl Harbor, many of them in wheelchairs, their bodies shrunken in age but their minds as active as ever, give their testimony.
And then, I thought of something else.
The torch is being passed. We, the generations that followed The Greatest Generation (the generation that fought and suffered in World War II) are sitting on the knife edge of history.
What the United States does in the coming months will affect our world for years to come. What we do as a nation to support or oppose those efforts will impact everyone in the world. We are all connected, whether we think so or not.
We have the chance to ease suffering, or to increase it.
|Oh Tannenhaum, Tioga County Historical Society, Owego, New York|
But first, we must look the face of history in the eye.
For the next two Sundays, I will feature exhibits from Hanukkah House in Binghamton, New York - the present one and a past one. These posts aren't going to be my usual light hearted posts full of flowers and fall foliage. They will show what happens when good hearted people stay silent.
That is up to us.
You are free to skip my posts on this terrible chapter of history (called the Holocaust or the Shoah) and come back on Monday for Music Mondays.
But I hope you won't.