Friday, December 29, 2017

Gratitude Journal- Day 39: the Museum of Tolerance and Renee Firestone

We visited the Museum of Tolerance in LA yesterday. It was extremely well done with a powerful Anne Frank exhibit and a broad message of tolerance (I think the naming is very smart as well).
We were privileged to hear Ms. Renee Firestone, a 94 year old Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz share her personal story. It was captivating and so important.
I worry about the future when the survivors are no longer around and the deniers feel emboldened and empowered.
Which is why I am particularly grateful that this Museum exists and works feverishly to ensure not just that a Jewish Holocaust will never happen again but to take the horrible lessons from it and help prevent genocide and human rights abuses against everyone and anyone in the future and, at the same time, working to protect the legacy and memory of those victims and survivors of the Nazi Holocaust.

I am grateful for the Museum of Tolerance and the immense courage and strength of survivors like Ms. Firestone, both for having made it through the Holocaust, but also because of her willingness and conviction to tell the story to future generations.

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