Yom HaShoah always comes a week after Pesach – it’s April 8 this year. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to review a Shoah documentary that I had the occasion to see just lately. It’s not a new film, but it’s particularly touching and it makes an important statement about Holocaust education, which is all too often just ceremonial and lacking in meaning.
One story is told by Avraham Avriel – his mother and brother were killed at an open ravine in the Ukraine and he succeeded in running away, haunted until this day, by the memories of his mother and brother who he left behind in the pit. We watch the footage of his testimony at the Eichmann Trial and then we see the touching encounter with the youth participating in the program.
Yosef Kleinman talks about his experiences at Auschwitz. Yehuda Bacon talks about the difficulty he had because you become insensitive to the evil taking place around you. Nahum Hoch was locked inside the gas chamber with all the tension and the crying. And then, suddenly, they took them out to do another selectia. He is convinced that he was brought back to tell the story of what happened there.