When Tyranny Took My Best Friend, A Lesson for the Class of 2013Submitted by InPursuitOfLiberty on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 08:31
Without freedom of speech, freedom of commerce, freedom of association, freedom of belief, freedom to produce, freedom to own, the happiness you pursue, the fun you have had and will have, the success that you are willing to work for, the memories with family, the friends and memories that have turned them into family, would not exist.
For graduates of the class of 2013, some of which are currently celebrating in my own and many other neighborhoods, I do not write today to crush your memories, your fun, or to crush your spirit, but instead, to plea for your value in what you seek, to stand up for it, and to to fight for it.
Ann Kazimirski survived the holocaust and dedicated her life’s work to delivering this lesson she was forced to learn through experience to others so that they would not have suffer the consequence, but instead, reap the reward.
“I was seventeen years old when the Germans invaded Poland. My father and my eighteen-year-old brother Benny were among the first group of Jews to be rounded up and then executed in the town prison.
“I saw my best friend Sarah being raped by German soldiers. As a result of this brutality she died… Fifty years later, I still cannot forget the scenes of incredible brutality, torture and killing that my eyes witnessed. The same questions repeat themselves over and over again after all these years: Why? Why were so many people killed and why did the world choose to remain silent?”