Precisely the point! This year, by Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 19, the youngest Holocaust survivors will be more than 80 years old. For us who were born after the Holocaust and aren’t Jewish, the holocaust may seem like a long time ago. But for the survivors and the families of victims and survivors, the Holocaust is still an open wound.
The youngest survivor today would have been 13 years old at the time. (The Nazis considered children younger than that too young for work and sent them to the gas chambers.) Thirteen is a pivotal age in anyone’s life, but imagine growing up having the Holocaust as your coming of age introduction. (more…)