Friday, June 16, 2017

Holocaust education, 95-year-old Holocaust Survivor Spy Singing Metal

In these times we all need to think of where we all are.
People suffer today reflecting that suffering has been seen
way back to the beginning of human existence... Why?

Isn't it time to treat people fair. To ask why are you acting stupid
is a needed question to ask!

Holocaust education? It's about learning about it to relate
to how you see how others are treated also.

~~~~~The National Council of Jewish Women Holocaust Education Center features an introductory panel with this text:

The word Holocaust means “wide spread destruction.” By the end of World War II, six million European Jews had been destroyed. Many other people were also killed by these systematic atrocities, including Gypsies, political dissidents, homosexuals, Jehovah Witnesses, labor unionists and those with mental or physical disabilities.

European history is darkened by instances of anti-semitism, but the Holocaust was unique in scope, barbarity and the concentration on the murder of one people (genocide). Moreover, anti-semitism was given legal sanction by the German Government, which devised a program referred to by the code name of THE FINAL SOLUTION, whereby the entire Jewish people were to be wiped out by means of persecution, enslavement and extermination.

Throughout the war, Jews were forced to leave their homes for imprisonment and death in concentration camps established by the Germans. Originally the plan was to eliminate all Jewish men, women and children by mass shootings, two million perished in this way. Four million more were killed by poison gas, starvation, disease or by forced labor in the camps.

By the end of the war, one third of the Jewish population of Europe had been murdered. A thousand years of European Jewish culture had been obliterated.

The Holocaust Education Center at the Miller Museum was dedicated in April 1995, fifty years after the liberation of Dachau by members of the Oklahoma 45th Infantry Division. The dedication took place during the Tulsa Jewish community’s annual observance of Yom HaShoah, the event that commemorates the victims of the Nazi genocide. The photograph, donated by a local veteran, depicts Dachau after liberation.

~~~~~Dedicated to ALL refugees, dedicated to all Holocaust survivors, dedicated to all who are suffering injustice and violence. This 95-year-young Holocaust survivor hero tells her story in a powerful song to which she wrote the lyrics. To honor her Jewish heritage and to honor the current refugee crisis that affects mostly Muslims, we used both a klezmer clarinet played by the brilliant Nuno Antunes (from Broadway's "Fiddler on the Roof") and the oud (Arabic lute) played by Pedro H. da Silva. Virtuoso piano by the incomparable LucĂ­a Caruso, who wrote the music with Pedro.

Most people forget that the US refused thousands of Jewish refugees during WWII, including Anne Frank and her family. Inge Ginsberg is alive today because Switzerland opened her arms to her. Let's not keep making the same mistakes. Let's open our arms and hearts to peaceful refugees who are fleeing terror, misery and death in their lands. Let's help the less fortunate. It's what the great leaders of all faiths have always preached – this is what is taught by Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, etc., and yes, Islam.

The Holy Qur'an 8.74:
And (as for) those who believed and fled and struggled hard in Allah's way, and those who gave shelter and helped, these are the believers truly; they shall have forgiveness and honorable provision.

Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22:
When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

And for those who insist in making distinctions between the three sister Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and pitting them against each other, this is what the holy Qur'an has to say about that:

Say, [O believers], "We have believed in Allah and what has been revealed to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him."

To peace, to justice, to refugees, to immigrants, we dedicate this video.