My trip to Theresienstadt

The responsibilities of the third generation of Holocaust survivors are driven home by a visit to the crematoria

By ZOE SINGER
March 21, 2018 14:57
Students walking down the main road to the entrance of Theresienstadt

Students walking down the main road to the entrance of Theresienstadt. (photo credit: ZOE SINGER)

 
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WHAT IS it to be a third-generation Holocaust survivor growing up in modern society? Our generation is the last to personally encounter Holocaust survivors, to hear the horrors from those who endured them. We are under pressure to carry their stories and testimonies to future generations. What does it mean to hold such responsibility?

I am a granddaughter of two Holocaust survivors, both of whom sadly passed away in recent years. Unfortunately, they died be- fore I had the tools to question them about their experiences as I was not old enough to understand what the Holocaust was and the complexities surrounding it.

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