when history begins to fade

It starts to disappear

With years that pass in silent speed

And those that lived the ghastly truth

Will pass away, just one by one

Until there will be none to stand

Before the young to warn them of

The dangers that could soon return.

We had a Holocaust Remembrance day at school today, and we heard a talk from a lady who was a child in Poland during that time. She talked about losing her family when she was only about twelve and it was a story that hit hard.

The problem was that it seemed a lot of the kids weren’t that affected. I didn’t hear any conversations between them about it and it felt a little like they were more interested in what they had watched on Tik Tok this morning.

Now, I can’t see inside their heads, so I don’t know for sure that they didn’t feel anything, but I can see why they may care less and less with each year that passes.

Even thirty years ago, the war and all the atrocities that went with it seemed so much closer to us, and so much more real. As we get further away and their are less older people around to remind us of what happened, these things begin to pale into insignificance.

Unfortunately, history does fade with time. And this is probably why we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. When will us humans ever learn?

Much Love

Rachel xx

3 thoughts on “when history begins to fade

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I can’t tell you how important it is, Rachel, that we never forget. As long as there are survivors, I hope they tell their stories. And I’m so glad that some of them have been preserved digitally, so that we can at least see them. When it’s possible (I know it often isn’t!), I think it’s good to go to those places, too. For instance, I saw the Anne Frank Huis in Amsterdam, and was deeply, deeply moved by being there. It’s hard not to be moved. However it happens, I hope we never forget.

  2. juliadeniro

    If I were you, I would give the kids an assignment on the Holocaust. It’s important that they learn about it; what with the number of white supremacists in the world today, I’d say it’s essential that they learn about it.

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