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In his book The Jewish Emergence from Powerlessness, Yehuda Bauer tells a moving story from Auschwitz that he was told by Holocaust survivor Yossel Rosensaft.

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Primo Levi was, what historians euphemistically call “liberated,” from Auschwitz on 27 January 1945.

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I do not understand.

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NB: before reading this post open this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvWxoYULWrw and play it as you read.

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In her novel Sarah’s Key Tatiana De Rosnay tells the horrific story of the Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup on July 16, 1942 in Paris. 13,152 Jews were arrested by the French police and taken to the Drancy prison camp in the suburbs of Paris or detained without food, water, or sanitary facilities in the Vélodrome d’Hiver before being shipped to Auschwitz for extermination. 4,051 of the victims were children.

Near the end of Sarah’s Key the narrator’s sister-in-law sums up the central question of the book when she says,

Bringing back the past is never a good idea, especially whatever happened during the war. No one wants to be reminded of that, nobody wants to think about that.

Is it better to remember the horrors of the past, or to keep secret the dark hidden suffering that lurks in the shadows of history?
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