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Observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day begins in Israel

I can offer no comment more powerful than what my friend, Jodi Halkin Furman, posted as her Facebook status today. She has been kind enough to allow me to share it with you:

"Today is Yom Hashoah -- Holocaust Remembrance Day. My grandfather (Zaide Jack for those of you who knew him) was in Auschwitz and experienced unspeakable horror -- his wife and child were murdered in the gas chamber-- he lost both of his parents and ALL of his siblings except one, he left the camp weighing under 80 pounds. My grandmother was in a work camp, forced to toil for free -- she lost both of her parents, her two sisters and her brother. Yet from that horror, sprung joy and hope -- they married, had two children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren -- they built a beautiful life, a wonderful home and a loving family. Their stories are but two of the millions out there-- I will NEVER forget the Holocaust, I hope you won't either."