never again is now

masking tape on the roll with the numbers 112 written in sharpie

For too many days1
We live in horror and dread.
Never again is
Now.

Tomorrow, 27 January 2024 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This year in the dark after the atrocities of October 7th2 it is even more poignant and important.

I’ve struggled for one hundred and twelve days to find words for what happened that day. I don’t have them. I have heart break and am heart sore.

Again.

And again.

And again.

I don’t have the right words to express my thoughts in English, or any language.

I’m in awe of children able to speak at a parent’s funeral. I couldn’t, I was unable to speak for my mother-in-law.

That survivors of the Holocaust are able to find words and speak, we must listen.

If we don’t speak up, we increase the probability of a horror like that occurring again. On the other hand, we can’t always scream about it. … I think when you scream about it all the time, people get tired. It’s important that this is perhaps the greatest catastrophe in the history of humanity: the murder of 6 million Jews. This is something which should not be forgotten. It should always be recalled. And it is our duty, as I said, to speak about it. Period.

Sigmund: Born in Berlin in 1932, came to the U.S. in 1948
‘The Holocaust and Genocide Don’t Start With Bombs, They Start With Words’ by Abigail Pogrebin. Tablet Magazine  26 January 2023
  1. 112 today. One hundred and twelve too many. ↩︎
  2. A date with which I already had a difficult relationship. ↩︎

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