A Letter to My Daughter Kim before she embarks on the March of the Living

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DEAREST KIM,
THE MARCH OF THE LIVING IS AN EXTRAORDINARY, UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE. WITH THOUSANDS OF JEWISH PEOPLE, FROM COUNTRIES ALL AROUND THE WORLD, YOU WILL SHARE IN A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY MARCH THREE KILOMETERS FROM AUSCHWITZ TO BIRKENAU, THE LARGEST CONCENTRATION CAMP COMPLEX BUILT BY THE NAZIS DURING WORLD WAR II. THE MARCH COMMEMORATES YOM HASHOAH, HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY. YOU WITH BE THERE – ALONG WITH OVER 8,000 PARTICIPANTS WHO WILL BE PART OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT.
AS ONE OF THE MARCHERS, YOU WILL RETRACE THE STEPS OF THE MARCH OF DEATH, THE ACTUAL ROUTE WHICH COUNTLESS NUMBERS OF OUR PEOPLE WERE FORCED TO TAKE ON THEIR WAY TO THE GAS CHAMBERS AT BIRKENAU. YOU WILL EXPERIENCE JEWISH HISTORY WHERE IT WAS MADE. THIS TIME, HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE A DIFFERENCE. IT WILL BE A MARCH OF THE LIVING WITH THOUSANDS OF JEWISH YOUTH, LIKE YOURSELF, MARCHING SHOULDER TO SHOULDER. YOU WILL PARTICIPATE IN A MEMORIAL SERVICE AT ONE OF THE GAS CHAMBERS/CREMATORIA, IN BIRKENAU, WHICH WILL CONCLUDE WITH THE SINGING OF HATIKVAH, REAFFIRMING AM YISRAEL CHAI – THE JEWISH PEOPLE LIVE.

KADDISH IS A JEWISH PRAYER TO REMEMBER THE DEAD AND NORMALLY SAID BY MEN. IN THE ABSENCE OF A MALE MEMBER OF THE FAMILY WHEN YOU PLACE THE THREE JERUSALEM STONES WITH THE THREE BRANCHES OF YOUR FAMILY THAT WERE MURDERED IN THE HOLOCAUST SAY KADDISH OUT LOUD . SAY KADDISH FOR THE DRUES OF KRAKOW AND YOUR GREAT AUNT HADASAEAH THAT DIED IN BELZEC EXTERMINATION CAMP AND ALL THE OTHER DRUES COUSINS OF KRAKOW THAT DIED IN BELZEC,TREBLINSKA AND AUSCHWITZ .OVER 280 DRUES S OF KRAKOW RELATIONS DIED. THERE ARE NO KNOWN SURVIVORS.. SAY KADDISH FOR THE DRUES OF MAJZUGOLA NEAR VILNA WHO DIED IN THE VAIVARA AND AUSCHWITZ CAMP IF THEY WERE NOT MURDERED FIRST IN THE FOREST OF PANERIAI .THERE ARE NO KNOWN SURVIVORS . SAY KADDISH FOR THE SHABELSHOK/FIALKOV FAMILIES OF RIGA WHO WERE MURDERED BETWEEN 30TH NOVEMBER AND 8TH DECEMBER IN THE RUMBULA FOREST NEAR RIGA WITH 25,000 THOUSAND OTHER JEWS FROM LATVIA. SAY KADDISH FOR THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS OF YOUR GREAT GRANDMOTHER FREDA SHABELSTOK BAKER WHO DIED IN THE FORREST OF RUMBULA . SAY KADDISH FOR SARAH , ROBERT, MICHAEL, DAVID , GREGOR , RACHEL , LAZER, LEAH AND FREDRICH , FREDA AND ROSA SHABELSTOK’S OLDER SISTERS AND BROTHERS AND ALL THEIR CHILDREN AND EVEN GRANDCHILDREN . ALL WERE IN 1941 MARRIED WITH KIDS AND EVEN GRANDKIDS . NONE SURVIVED RUMBULA ( OVER 350 SHABELSTOK/ FIALKOV FAMILY MEMBERS WERE MURDERED AT RUMBULA. SAY KADDISH FOR ALL THE SHABELSTOK/FIALKOV/DRUES COUSINS AND THERE MUST HAVE BEEN HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS . NONE ARE KNOWN TO HAVE SURVIVED

SAY KADDISH IN TEARS AND THEN SCREAM … “WE SURVIVED AND ARE HERE NOW. AGAIN -NEVER EVER AGAIN” , אנחנו שרדנו והם כאן עכשיו – לעולם לא עוד יהיה שם שואה חוזרת

THOSE THAT SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST BUT DID NOT EXPERIENCE IT FIRST HAND:-
SHABELSKOK: FREDA AND HER YOUNGER ROSA . FREDA WAS IN UITENHAGUE ,SOUTH AFRICA MARRIED TO CHAIM BAKER AND ROSA, HER YOUNGER SISTER IN NORWAY TAKEN THERE BY THE DANISH RESISTANCE WITH MOST OF THE DANISH JEWS.THEY WERE THE YOUNGEST OF 11 SIBLINGS . ALL THE SIBLINGS WERE MARRIED WITH KIDS .

FIALKOV: TWIN BROTHERS MANNY ( MORDECHAI) AND JAY ( JOSEF) IN CAPE TOWN,SOUTH AFRICA . THEY WERE THE YOUNGEST OF 10 SIBLINGS ALL WERE MARRIED WITH KIDS.

DRUES: SAMUEL AND NAOMI IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA AND WILLIAM IN CHICAGO, USA SURVIVED THE HOLOCAUST.. THE CHILDREN OF HADASEAH WHO DIED IN BELZEC, SURVIVED IN ISRAEL . THEY WERE FREDA AND HASHYA WHO MARRIED THE KURMAN BROTHERS , MAX AND CHAIM

CELEBRATE THE SHABELSTOK/ FIALKOV / DRUES SURVIVAL WHEN YOU MARCH FROM BIRKENAU TO AUSCHWITZ
XXX
DAD

REFERENCES

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/RUMBULA_MASSACRE

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/AUSCHWITZ_CONCENTRATION_CAMP

HTTP://WWW.JEWISHGEN.ORG/FORGOTTENCAMPS/CAMPS/AUSCHWITZENG.HTML

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/TREBLINKA_EXTERMINATION_CAMP

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/BELZEC_EXTERMINATION_CAMP

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/VILNA_GHETTO#LIQUIDATION

HTTP://EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG/WIKI/KADDISH

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