Monday, October 23, 2006

If I Could Live

If you could live in any era of history, what would it be, and why?

I don't think I would want to live in the past. There would be no computers, internet, ipods, cell phones, dishwashers, etc. etc. I think we have it a bit easier today with all this added technology. However, the violence is still around.

I wish there was peace in the world. It's a bit scary to know that I am raising my children in a world where there are crazy people lurking the earth. I hardly ever watch TV let alone the news because the kids have taken over the TV or we just don't have it on but just like last week I had it on in the background and could not believe what I heard on the news. 10 little girls being shot in school. Killing 5 instantly. What is this world coming to? It's not even safe to send your children to school.

Okay, I know that now is far better than the 1940's (World War 2). Imagine waking up one day to be hauled off into trains and then put through a gas chamber just because of your religious beliefs. This really upsets me to know that people in my grandparents age group would actually do this to children and adults. What really is baffling to me is when I hear someone say that the holocaust never happened! There is real live footage and people who actually survived this nightmare to tell their story. About 3 years ago I did a walkathan to raise money to help Israel and while I stopped to sit on the bench while my husband and in-laws continued their walk I happened to talk to a survivor. I remember her telling me that her entire family was killed in the concentration camp. When this happened she was only 8 years old.

To this day, I occasionally have nightmares about the holocaust. Maybe it was because I studied it in high school and then as an adult I again studied it reading and watching movies about what happened. It just scares me to death that this did happen and could possibly happen again. Just recently when getting on the hayride at the farm with my family and children those haunting thoughts came to my mind of those people getting on those trains. It really upsets me that those people who were murdered could have been any one of my husband's family members and part of my children's heritage.

1 comment:

Tink said...

You have put it so eloquently. We do need to remember those times and those people. It was a horrible period of time and it really did happen.