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Family Time and Changes Galore | Weekly Snapshot

There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

Holocaust Remembrance Day

I quite forgot to mention this in my Sunday Salon post, so I'm writing a separate post.

Today is the Holocaust Remembrance Day, in commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps. Go ahead an read some book about this period. Jennifer G. has compiled a very good list of books in her post today. In addition, if you are a TV show buff, I would recommend Band of Brothers and The Pacific. I plan to catch up with the episodes of The Pacific during this week. Both the TV shows are based on several non-fiction books that extensively chronicle the horrors of the World War 2.

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My Masters work was on the Holocaust (and my dissertation would have been as well, but I realized I loved teaching too much). There are so many good Holocaust memoirs out there!

And, Band of Brothers is wonderful! I haven't seen Pacific yet.
Athira said…
Helen, I second that! There definitely are plenty of books based on that time period! I loved BoB too! :)
Introverted Jen said…
Thanks for spreading the word!

I don't watch a lot of tv, so I haven't seen either show. I wonder if I can add them to my Netflix? Off to check.
Athira said…
Jennifer, both shows are available to view on the HBO website, in case netflix doesn't work out. But they are worth watching! Awesome shows!
Anonymous said…
That must be part of the reason why PBS showed The Diary of Anne Frank last night. No matter how many times I read the book, or see a play or film, I weep. It's so heartbreaking that so many people suffered so tragically. I think what's also frightening is that it doesn't seem so impossible that it could happen again in this crazy world. When I was little, I used to think it was just an isolated incident, now I'm not so sure that we couldn't see our government becoming so radical in this day and age. I suspect that's just fear and distrust speaking, when once I believed in whom we voted for.
Athira said…
Bellezza, that is probably why! I haven't watched that movie, but read the book last year and cried a lot... all that tragedy. And I share your sentiment.. there are many times I feel that it can happen again. Even if a full scale war hasn't happened since, we have had revolutions and bloodshed in so many countries (and still happening) that it really breaks me.
Lisa said…
I listened to a radio program today with a holocaust survivor speaking. She had me in tears time and again. I fear that when all of the survivors are gone, the full horror of what happened will begin to dim.
Athira said…
Lisa, that is a thought that has often crossed my mind. Right now, we have so many legacies speaking to us.. years later, there will be none, how then do we keep this memory intact so that it never happens again?