Their objective was to erase the memory of the 56,000 people who died in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during World War II; the Book of the Dead commemorates these victims of Nazi hatred. As the remaining survivors of Buchenwald and other Concentration Camps succumb to age and illness, Neo-Nazis apparently believe that by destroying public records of the victims, they can bury the truth along with them.
If they think that, they’re wrong.
I am the grandchild of a Buchenwald survivor. The horrors my grandfather experienced in that hellhole forever scarred him, and have had a lasting impact on my family. Through my grandfather, I have met other Buchenwald survivors and their families, and learned how this connection, this thread of experience, unites us all with a common goal – to preserve the stories of those who endured the Holocaust, and to promote the lessons to be learned from it.
Those who would deny the Holocaust want to be free to hate without accountability or consequence; the truth of the Holocaust proves why they must never be allowed to do so. On the occasion of Holocaust Education Week, as the grandchild of a Buchenwald Survivor, I am proud to renew my promise to protect the memory of all those who suffered at the hands of the Nazis.
The grandchildren of those who endured the Holocaust will not be intimidated, nor will we ever allow ourselves to be complacent. Wherever Neo-Nazis attempt to twist the facts to suit their cause, they will find us, armed with the truth. Through us, the experiences of our grandparents will be preserved, and the lessons of Buchenwald shall endure.
Craig Carter-Edwards – North York Ontario ( Former Cornwallite)
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