Considered as the single worst moment in human history, the Holocaust has been something most people have tipped toed around for the past 77 years. Survivors shared their horrors as all those not involved could do nothing but offer help and salvation after the war was over.
On April 16, Springfield College will be hosting a few events to coincide with its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. Headlining the day are Holocaust survivor Anita Schorr and the screening of Berlin Calling, a documentary told through the eyes of a second-generation survivor trying to recount the history of her family.
Schorr, who will be presenting at 12 p.m. in Marsh Memorial, is one of the slowly diminishing number of Holocaust survivors willing and able to tell their stories.
Schorr’s first stay at a concentration camp was in Terezin for one and a half years. She then was moved to Auschwitz-Birkenau for nine months until she was moved yet again to a work camp in Hamburg.
After working in Hamburg from December 1944 to February 1945, Schorr stayed in Bergin-Belsin for six weeks before she was finally liberated.
Berlin Calling tells a similar story, but from a different generation’s perspective.
Focused on Kastle Waserman and her family tree, the film centers around the Holocaust and how it not only affected one generation, but every generation to come. The generations depicted in the film are not always shown when the Holocaust comes into conversation; however, it is an important aspect in human history.
The remembrance part of the day starts at 9 a.m. when the Remembrance committee and the Spiritual Life staff ask Springfield community members to read the names of Holocaust victims.
The continues with Schorr’s keynote speech and ends with the film screening and a discussion with Waserman herself after the film.
The Holocaust affected human history and should not be just one of those events that history swallows up and forgets about. As one of the most defining moments in said history, it is important to have days like this to reflect, remember and to understand.
Marshall Hastings recently visited the Stutthof concentration camp: Read about it here