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Sun Jan 27, 2019, 04:43 AM

Holocaust: Told in the first person

In most countries of the world today, there will be lectures, seminars and religious services in relation to International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date, which coincides with the January 27, 1945, anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, was declared by a resolution of the United Nations in November, 2005.

Despite the mammoth body of literature about the Holocaust that has been written in scores of languages; the feature films about the Holocaust that star world famous actors; the number of museums that memorialize the victims of the Holocaust; and the ongoing educational programs related to Holocaust history that are conducted not only in Israel but in many parts of the world, there are tens of millions of people who have never heard of the Holocaust, and even more who have never met a Holocaust survivor.

Rena Quint, a Polish-born Jerusalemite, was raised in America but has been living in Israel for more than thirty years. She is a child Holocaust survivor and an articulate speaker who frequently talks to groups that visit Yad Vashem, hosts Jewish and non-Jewish groups in her home and is invited to speak to organizations in Israel and abroad.

Quint never fails to be amazed at the fact that more than half the non-Jewish people who she meets, only heard about the Holocaust because Yad Vashem was on their itinerary; the majority had never previously come face to face with a Holocaust survivor.


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