I visited the Normandy American Military Cemetery, a memorial park in Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking the Omaha landing beach.
The graves of US soldiers who gave their lives to free Europe are marked by a poignant sea of white marble, seemingly going on into infinity. It’s hard to reconcile the silent tranquility of the setting with the smoke and slaughter, the grim toll of that day.
This pool is outside a small museum. It’s a quiet place to sit and reflect on the sobering stories of the soldiers and their families.
Stories of uncommon courage. Stories of staggering sacrifice. It’s impossible not to be humbled in the presence of these heroes.
Learning: The Cabinet hearings taught me what we’re up against;
I will use what I’ve learned to help short-circuit their moves.
They represent the exact opposite of what would be
the best leader for each cabinet spot.
Recently I searched for the Rough-legged Hawk &,
while I didn’t find her,
I learned the lay of the nooks & fields over which she perched, swooped, & hunted.
I’ll know where to look next time.
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.