Haskell Billauer was my great-uncle

& one of the 6 million Jews targeted by the Nazis “final solution.”

Mom’s family knew he’d been killed

when the Red Cross returned the care packages

they’d been sending to the Warsaw Ghetto.

Why did the White House use the generic “sad” & “people”

instead of “Jewish” & “antisemitism”

in a 2017 Holocaust Rememberance paper?

Coded Holocaust-denying for the base?

Well, I remember Haskell.



More words on the title:

Elie Wiesel survivied the Holocaust. He said, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

More Thoughts from me, Patty:

I see insidious persecution taking root in our country. The Holocaust and other genocides happened because the rest of us let it. Afraid to speak out. Indifferent. Bystanders. “Don’t stand by” was the theme for last year’s Holocaust Memorial Day. What was Trump’s theme for this year’s rememberance?  I fear his statement tells it all. I think the inner circles of the White House are flirting with Holocaust denial because some of the loyal base are looking for it.





6 thoughts on ““I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.”* Elie Wiesel. I see the hand of our closet president in the White House’s subtle Holocaust denial? (a 420 character, 9-line poem) statement.

  1. I am afraid also. I laugh that I once reviled Richard Nixon. Goodness, he seems an angel. However, as I am wont to say (I can’t help it, it works for me as a ploy to help me put one foot in front of the other): The. Ox. Is. In. the Ditch. Goodness and truth will ultimately win. The arc bends in that direction. Barack and Martin said such. Caveat: we are the ones that need to do the bending; that’s the new wrinkle. So. Don’t give up.


  2. So sorry about your great uncle. Some things change us forever. I was stunned to find out that a woman I know is the daughter of Holocaust survivors, her father my children’s doctor in New Hartford when they were small. It gave me a hint of the unspoken misery people walk around with.

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