Holocaust Museum in Washington DC: More Executions

06.10.09


This morning there is grim news out of Washington DC. A gunman has entered the Holocaust Museum and opened fire.

This is the Holocaust Museum where my Great Grandmother’s picture is. This is the Holocaust Museum that chronicles my family’s arrival to the states in the 50’s.

I stood at the Holocaust Museum the week it opened with my Grandfather and my Aunt and I realized my aunt hadn’t covered her tattoo with a longer shirt. We saw pictures of the camps where my family lived and died from Auschwitz to Sachsenhausen to Dachau and many of the stops in between.
In the quiet of our hotel room my Aunt told me about stuffing the shells of the German Munitions, and how she found her sister, her only surviving family after America freed her.

My Grandfather came as close to tears as I’ve ever seen him, as he pointed out his mother on a ship that came to America. Our great country had enough Jews at that moment in time and the ship was returned to Germany, his mother was executed upon her return.

The Holocaust Museum has records that my children may one day want to access, and serves as a reminder to us all.

A shooting in the museum that houses my history?

I am going to vomit now.

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16 responses to “Holocaust Museum in Washington DC: More Executions”

  1. Brenna says:

    This is absolutely horrifying. I can’t even imagine what your family must have gone through to get here.

  2. DodiM says:

    My heart is with you today.

  3. I’m grieved by the actions of this sick, hateful person. I truly don’t understand it.

    I think DodiM said it all – our hearts are with you today.

  4. Angie Posz says:

    It most certainly is a sad day here in DC.

  5. Yo mama says:

    I’m in tears….It never ends.

  6. Haley-O says:

    I’ll hold your hair back. ((Hugs)) And then you can hold mine for me. Sick. Sick. Sick.

  7. SoreThumb says:

    Wow, what happened to your great grandmother is horrible.. I feel so sad for your Grandfather.

    ANd still, to this day, people are so mad as to cause such pain to others… In a place of respect.

  8. annie says:

    I don’t understand the kinds of people who commit acts like these or have the twisted views about race, religion and gender that they have. How do such people occur? What switch isn’t flipped at age two? Which neurons fail to develop and connect dots properly.

    I’m sorry your family was violated today.

  9. I don’t hate very many people, but this man? Has made the list.
    He had a record.
    It was known that he was capable of this.
    It is sickening.
    I saw your tweets about personally executing him, I dare say that would be perfectly fair.
    I’m sorry for you and your family, and for this country as a whole.

  10. Caroline says:

    I’m sorry it happened.

  11. thesoupdiva says:

    Prayers to you and your family. Thank them for me for being willing to share their stories, so that we can educate not only ourselves, but our children. My daughter quotes her favorite band “The past is only the future with the lights on”. We are destined to repeat history if we are unable to learn from it. What the gunman did was proof that hatred consumes you like cancer. I was sickened to watch the news reports and read the articles online. My only glimmer of hope from this tragic situation is that it brings main stream media conversation to the forefront about these white supremacist groups that pose a very real threat to our society and we get them on the terrorist watch lists.

  12. This is so heinous that pretty much anything that one could say about it would not be strong enough. For the life of me I do not know what motivates this hatred. I mean, I do, intellectually, but emotionally I come up blank. The depths of the human capacity for fear and hatred is overwhelming sometimes.

  13. ben winkler says:

    Let’s fight to protect our history!

  14. You are blessed to come from a family of survivors. These idiotic bigots cannot touch that.
    It is horrific and sickening that people can think like that.
    You and everyone with family history in that museum are in our thoughts.

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