Lessons From The Holocaust - Part 2

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[Susan's story continues from Part 1 here]

Susan was liberated by Soviet troops on March 10th 1945. However, her struggles continued. With nowhere to go, Susan ended up working on a Soviet farm. She then moved to the town of Koszalin, where she met a Polish Jew named Herman Taube, and the two were married in July 1945.

Of course, nothing was the same after the Holocaust. The pleasant life Susan had lived before was gone. Her mother perished in the Thorn labor camp, while her sister died in Stutthof. Fortunately, Susan and Herman were able to immigrate to the United States where Susan was reunited with her father. Today, the Taubes have four children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Never Again

Susan’s story is just one of many that depict an unreal, horrifying time. It is important that we learn from stories like Susan’s, and that we take action to prevent discrimination and hate in today’s world.

This is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s mission. Through its campaign “Never Again,” the museum aims to educate the public about the Holocaust and empower people to stand up against injustice. We need to learn about the past in order to do better things in the present.

Susan says that the best way to fight discrimination today is to remember that we are all human, and that we all deserve to be treated with respect. “We are all human beings,” she tells me, “black, white, yellow, whatever your color of skin is, your blood is red, inside you are the same…we are all human beings. You have to treat each other equally. Don’t discriminate against anybody. Don’t bully anybody. You are human like everybody else.”

What You Do Matters

Part of preventing the horrible crimes that were committed during the Holocaust from happening again is standing up instead of being a bystander. During the Holocaust, many Germans kept quiet and did not speak up against Hitler and the Nazis.

It is important to stand up if you see someone being bullied. It is important to try to help anyone who is being hurt. “If you go out and just help your neighbor… be neighborly to everybody,” Susan reminds us, you can make a change for the better in your community.

We are lucky to be living in a world where something as horrible and inhumane as the Holocaust could not happen again. But that does not mean that discrimination and hatred are completely gone. People around the world still face violence and cruelty because of who they are or what they believe. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can help.