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There is a story behind each name...

2011.04.13
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the letter...please let the parents of Kateřina Krausz consider, if they want her to join the transport, as she is not of certain age....
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dated March 27, 1940
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and there I found her...little Kateřina
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died on the same day as her parents in Osvětim
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We visited two synagogues during our weekend trip. The synagogues are museums now...for the simple reason, that there is nobody left, who would use the synagogues for their original purpose. You can find names of the Jewish citizens, who did not survive holocaust, on the walls of the museum. Names...hundreds of names....and behind each of this name there is a story...mostly forgotten, because there is nobody to tell the story anymore.
And here I come to the most intense part of our trip. We found a letter on the wall. It says as much as: you included Kateřina into your transport list. Please let the parents consider, if they want little Kateřina join them in the transport, because she is not of certain age.
Ponder it. Imagine a young couple. They have a small daughter ...no doubt they called her KaÄŤenka, or maybe KáĹĄa. And they have to decide - do we take our little precious one with us ..into the unknown...or do we leave her behind...maybe with friends?
For a moment I had hope...I went to the wall with the names...I wished so much I would not find little Kateřina there...but I did.
14 Comments
revenant Alas, there always is. Thank you for posting these as a timely reminder.
revenant · 2011-04-13: 07:43
????? Yes, there certainly is! Where is this?
????? · 2011-04-13: 07:44
Jothindra So much suffering, all because of some megalomaniacs!
Jothindra · 2011-04-13: 09:30
helys Thanks for who did not survive holocaus:)


helys · 2011-04-13: 13:16
????? Outstanding post presented with full honesty and respect .
????? · 2011-04-13: 13:27
finbarr Excellent post !! Thank you for your great work,
finbarr · 2011-04-13: 14:24
????? Wow, what a touching, yet sad post. Although it must have been a terribly difficult decision to make, I feel a little comfort in knowing that they are all together somewhere better.
????? · 2011-04-13: 17:08
girafferacing Such a moving post.
girafferacing · 2011-04-13: 18:02
danrav A very sad chapter in human history, sadly repeating itself today in various corners of the world and in the minds of evil people!
danrav · 2011-04-13: 18:06
LisaMarieGeorge Thanks to share this with us.
LisaMarieGeorge · 2011-04-13: 21:14
liveandletlive What a heart-breaking, but beautiful post Marie.
liveandletlive · 2011-04-13: 22:08
Ryana Touching post!
Ryana · 2011-04-17: 07:57
????? I came back to read the story... Yes! way too many stories! Well over the 6 million. Have you read about the Holocaust of Bullets? It was in the NY Times a few years ago. I have met one of the people who was interviewed. He spoke to us about how he and his friends were playing with binoculars on a plateau in our city, and saw the Jews being forced to undress and then being shot down -- murdered. When he ran home to tell his parents they told him it is not true -- he did not see that!
????? · 2011-04-21: 07:35
catherineh Incredibly moving post. Thanks for sharing.
catherineh · 2012-11-27: 06:09
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