Beginning Sunday, Yom Hashoah events scheduled throughout Denver will summon collective hearts to aching memory. Tears will fall as Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren share the nightmare, and the hope. Names will be read, candles lit, memorial prayers recited.
But for the majority of American Jews who have lived beyond the Holocaust’s tentacles, the act of remembering is unconnected to personal experience. We grew up in safety; our days filled with endless promise, free of constant fear. Of course we know about the Holocaust. But the Holocaust did not know us.