May the Lessons of the Holocaust Still Guide Us

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Re “Beyond Anne Frank: The Dutch Tell Their Full Holocaust Story” (Amsterdam Journal, July 18):

The Netherlands is beginning to fully recognize the devastation to its Jewish population at the hands of the Nazis, and the Dutch are to be commended for their efforts. Even 70 years later, we must continue to fill out the Holocaust narrative.

For example, for too long, the story of the Holocaust has been from the perspective of the perpetrators. We owe it to the victims to present their narrative, too. That’s what we’ll be doing at the Amud Aish Memorial Museum: telling the stories of the people who lived — and too often died — during the Holocaust, with special emphasis on the faith-based community whose story has largely been untold.

Jacques Grishaver, a Jewish “hidden child” born in Amsterdam whom your article featured, reminds us all that we have a responsibility to remember and to never forget.

Holocaust survivors are leaving us. This fact, combined with the rise in anti-Semitism around the world, reminds us that we must work even harder as second, third and fourth generations to ensure that the lessons of the Holocaust continue to guide us.



Amud Aish Memorial Museum


A version of this letter appears at The New York Times.

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Rabbi Sholom Friedmann

Rabbi Sholom Friedmann is a Talmid of Rabbi Leib Bakst זצ"ל, of Yeshivas Ateres Mordechai, Detroit, Michigan. After learning in the yeshivah and kollel, Rabbi Friedmann moved to the British colony of Gibraltar and studied in the Gateshead Kollel for three more years, at which time he received rabbinical ordination. From there, Rabbi Friedmann moved to London, England. In London, Rabbi Friedmann taught in the Menorah Grammar School, and was appointed the communal Rov of Kehilas Kol Yaakov, Edgware, London. Rabbi Friedmann was awarded Qualified Teaching Status by the British Board of Education in 2002, and a diploma in educational psychology by the Tavistock clinic (London) in 2006. In 2005, Rabbi Friedmann was accepted as a Fellow in Holocaust Education by the prestigious Imperial War Museum, London. Rabbi Friedmann relocated to New York in 2008 to become the Director of Zechor Yemos Olam, the Holocaust education division of Torah Umesorah. While occupying that position, Rabbi Friedmann created teaching materials, videos, and teacher training programs, including the ZYO Holocaust education fellowship program. In April 2012, Rabbi Friedmann was appointed as the director of the Amud Aish Memorial Museum. The museum founded by Elly Kleinman will carry on the legacy of holocaust history. For more info about when it is expected to open read this article.

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