Today we remember the victims of the Shoah, six million Jews and millions of other people murdered by the Nazi regime.
It is one of the two remembrance days we observe, Yom HaShoah being some time in April. (The Hebrew calendar moves around on the Gregorian calendar so the date varies.)
Today’s date marks the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.
While we have always lit a candle and very briefly explained to the little ones that it is a day to remember many people who died a long time ago, this is the first time we have sat down and explained to Emily what happened. We still did not go into great detail, the horror of it all, even I as a grown up can not fathom it.
It was not an easy conversation; we are Jewish; she is Jewish. We are also half German.
Are we safe now, Mama?
We talked about the acts of kindness, the good that was still there, despite it all, the light that shines bright even during the darkest of times. We lit a candle. I did not plan ahead and we did not have Yahrzeit candles, so we lit a beeswax candle.
We spoke of heroes who risked their life, of acts of humanity and of love and generosity, and how we know that it will not happen again.