April 11, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness Challenge – Day 11: Remember the Holocaust


Welcome to Day 11 of the Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. I’m thrilled at the number of people who have decided to join me and Valerie in our goal to find small but meaningful ways to spread kindness. If you haven’t already grabbed our button, please do so and let everyone know you’re doing your part to make each day as nice as can be not just for you but for others as well.

The other day, Valerie posted her Day 9 thoughts on the RAOK Challenge. She spoke of Random Acts of Violence, and the ripple effect of kindness that can come of such acts. Hers was a personal story, as told from the point of observer regarding her friend. While no one can every say violence can ever be ‘good’, the outpouring of kindness that one can receive is a testament to the human spirit.

On Saturday, I read a story of a young woman in Texas, Brandi Todd, who was stabbed while at the park with her children. She was left paralyzed. While Brandi battles in the hospital, the community has banded together to modify her home and help her family.

My thoughts today, though, are about remembering not only those who perished in the Holocaust, but also those who risked their own lives to save the lives of complete strangers. Today is Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, Jews worldwide remember the 6 million Jews and the millions of others who murdered at the hands of the Nazi regime. We also remember the brave men and women who stood up and said NO! Who, in the face of danger and violence, death and horror, decided that they would do the truly selfless act of saving another human’s life.

We do not all have to be Oskar Shindler, Raoul Wallenberg, or Victor Kugler. However, we can speak up and choose to elevate kindness above all. Recognize that regardless of our outward differences that we are all G-D’s children. And act when others think maybe we shouldn’t.

In the name of all 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, I remember!



Honey April 11, 2010 at 8:05 pm

What a beautiful post today! And on such an important topic. I received an email from our local homeschool group alerting us to this day. I did not know that it existed. Thank you for reminding us to stand up and say, “No!” when we need to.


Sara April 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Honey, Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your support for Remembering those who perished in the Holocaust, as well as standing up to injustice. It’s not always popular or easy. But we have to do it.


ariana May 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Beautiful post Sara. Thank you for remembering, cause a lot of people forget!!!

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