this is a picture of the ashes of cremated jews.

i took this picture two years ago in majdanek, a concentration camp located just outside the major city of lublin, poland. actually, the camp is so close to lublin that during the war, citizens had to scrape the fat from the crematories off their windows.

today is yom hashoa and i am not surprised i haven’t seen much about it. this is the first year i haven’t observed yom hashoa. since i am at college i can’t observe it with my family or my march of the living group, so i thought i’d at least call attention to it.

i went on the march of the living april 15 - april 30, 2012 and i spent one week in poland touring various camps such as this one, auschwitz-birkenau, and treblinka along with ghettos, significant places, and the remains of polish jewry. we marched from auschwitz to auschwitz-birkenau and heard the stories of countless survivors, many of whom had not been back to europe since they fled after the war. i learned a lot and i cried a lot, but it was an experience that changed my entire viewpoint on life.

jews were and are just as oppressed as any other ethnic minority, no, i won’t get over the holocaust, and your opposition to the israeli government gives you no right to be an anti-semite.

if the holocaust is forgotten, it will happen again. don’t let it.

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