Archive - March, 2013

A Place and A Name


There’s a holocaust memorial in Jerusalem called Yad Vashem. It houses a haunting museum detailing the pre-war conditions that led to Hitler’s Final Solution to the “problem of the Jews”, and an extremely thorough documentation of the measures enacted to eradicate a people group from existence.

It is vast,

Impossible to completely comprehend, even with multiple visits.

It is detailed,

Actual train cars and cobblestone streets from Eastern Europe have been transplanted into the building.

It is brutally humiliating,

The branding irons, razors, tattoo needles, and uniforms are on display.

Yet in the end there is hope.

In Hebrew, Yad Vashem means “a place and a name”.


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