January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp. Dignitaries, heads of state, and 200 survivors will attend to commemorate the event in Poland, while millions will watch the live broadcast around the world. Cantor David S. Wisnia will return to the site of his imprisonment to sing a memorial prayer – to sing as he did many times when he was a prisoner in the camp, now 75 years later as a survivor.
the event can be live-streamed at www.auschwitz.org
Imagine Hell. Now imagine being rescued from hell, and returning. I can’t. I am trying very very hard, and I can’t. I am on a bus about to enter Auschwitz-Birkenau, watching my grandfather pass by the wooden-shelf bunks where he slept as a prisoner in the concentration camp for 3 years of his life, and I can’t even imagine. Can you?
This will be my grandfather’s last visit to Auschwitz. It has been a hard journey and there are many times we thought our Saba was not going to be able to make the trip at all. But it was important for him to visit once again. 75 years later.
There were many years where he did not talk about the horrors of the Holocaust. Not to his family. Not to anyone. But slowly, over time, he has been willing to tell the story. and as he has gotten older, there has been a growing necessity to finally talk about all that happened to him. There is a sense of urgency, that he be able to tell his story with his own voice. Most of all, he wants you to know he was here.