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I Remember (Holocaust)

The background is an oil painting that I photographed at the Chamber of the Holocaust in Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Israel. The painter is unknown, but the artist was most likely a survivor of the shoah.

The Hebrew says:
"Ani Ro'eh Otam... Ani Zocher..."
"I see them... I remember..."

I sat down to discuss this painting with an elderly man, a holocaust survivor, just one month after my own father a"h, had passed on from this world.

My friend explained to me that the words, "I see them, I remember" are from an Israeli newspaper that was printed after the war. If you look very closely, you will see addresses and names listed in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and other Israeli cities. These were people looking for any remaining family members. He explained that one of the best ways to find people that you are looking for, and who may be looking for you, is to list yourself in the newspaper and hope for the best.

The painter painted thick black over the newspaper and added barbed wire to represent the camps and the hell of the black hole of death and imprisonment. He or she added the Magen David to represent the Jewish people who were interned there. Notice, too, that the star is on the outside of the wire to show that we also survived and live on. "Am Israel Chai!" "The People of Israel Live!"

The survivor is speaking through the barbed wire and SEES and REMEMBERS.
He SEES the people who have died in the camps, he REMEMBERS them, it will never leave him as long as he lives.
Now he is hoping to SEE a familiar name in the newspaper, and hopes to be REMEMBERED by someone.

Years later, he has rebuilt his life. He hopes that his survival means life for his descendents and others who know him. He hopes that they will SEE. He wants their eyes to have been opened. He wants them to REMEMBER him and choose LIFE.

Through tears and stories, we wrote these words together. From someone who has been there and saw it all and can never forget. And from someone of the next generation, who must learn and remember what is being passed down, before the survivors' voices are silenced forever.


Your survival meant life for me.
I was blessed to know you.
I will carry on your legacy.
I will always remember you.
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