Where does chocolate come from? Of course, we know that it came from Mexico and was carried by the Spanish conquerors back to Europe. But who then cultivated, processed and distributed chocolate around the world? Almost all of the people involved were Jewish! And many modern brands were founded by Jews fleeing the Nazi’s rise to power, including Elite Chocolates (founded by Eliahu Promchenko who moved his successful chocolate company from Latvia to Israel in 1933) and Barton’s (chocolatier Stephen Klein’s business that he brought to New York from Vienna in 1938)
Something happens when people survive a horrible trauma such as the Holocaust. Instead of shouting about it from the rooftops, they go silent, leaving their stories to be told by the second and third generations. Pastor Jobst Bittner, founding visionary of the March of Remembrance, is an authority on this Veil of Silence and the detriment it can cause to people who bury the past in an effort not to relive it.
Dr. Gideon Greif is an Israeli historian who specializes in the history of the Holocaust, especially the history of the Auschwitz concentration camp and particularly the Sonderkommando in Auschwitz.
I've been thinking of a story from the Old Testament: Moses stood all day and all night with outstretched arms, praying to God for victory. And whenever he let down his arms, the enemy prevailed over the children of Israel. Are there still people today who never weary of directing all their thinking and all their energy, single-heartedly, to one cause?”
KINGWOOD -- It seemed an odd location for a Houston Holocaust March. In the very furthest outskirts of the boundaries of the City of Houston, the Kingwood community does not have a large Jewish population. What it does have is strong bonds in the faith community, both between pastors of varying denominations as well as with the leadership of the local Jewish temple, Temple Beth Torah. It was those bonds that jump started the inaugural Holocaust March of Remembrance Houston in 2012. The momentum from the 2012 has gained steam, occurring not only in Kingwood once again in 2013, but across Houston as well.
The Holocaust Remembrance Association (HRA18) was established by descendants of Holocaust survivors to sensitize hearts to the issues of the Holocaust and facilitate education, healing, and reconciliation. Holocaust survivors and their families came to the United States with nothing. They welcomed the opportunity to start a new life in a country with a just government and a Constitution that protected their personal freedoms.
During these unprecedented and incredibly difficult times, please allow me to take a pause from the day to day news that now seems to be a part of the new “normal”, the new everyday life. Permit me, just for a moment, to shift the conversation away from the uncertainty that we all feel today, as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
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