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My Visit To Munich – Pain And Lessons Learned

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

And, as a twisted means of celebrating the New Year in Berlin, intoxicated youths defaced the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, as graphic videos posted on YouTube attest. It was reported that not one person attempted to put an end to the revolting acts of hooliganism.

For 13 years I have sponsored a Holocaust Memorial Essay, Poetry, Performance and Art Contest in which participating students are motivated to delve into the history of the Holocaust with a full heart and an open mind.

Teachers throughout my district have instructed hundreds of their pupils to research Holocaust history, encouraged them to create profound and beautiful works of art and literature, and then inspired them to go out into the world to teach others what they have learned.

I say it often: Never forget. We must teach our children the lessons of the Holocaust. We must be watchful for the kind of devastation that results from mass hatred combined with unthinking obedience. And we must also take action and be vigilant in every way we can to prevent history from repeating itself.

About the Author: Steven H. Cymbrowitz represents the 45th Assembly District in Brooklyn, which includes parts of Sheepshead Bay, Midwood, Manhattan Beach, Gravesend, and Brighton Beach.

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13 Responses to “My Visit To Munich – Pain And Lessons Learned”

  1. So sad. May G_d bless and protect the Israelites.

  2. Sue Johnson says:

    This is so depressing. What can we do? Any suggestions?

  3. David Ring says:

    Slavemaster’s feeling the heat.

  4. Keep fighting for them, Sir.

  5. Norman Press says:

    God has the last word.

  6. Please,never let us forget.

  7. Tony Mark says:

    Its so much easier to hate a Jew..they wont seek a fatwa on you if you caracterise them or G-D, They don’t go mechouganeh in the streets , when people get killed, they don’t threaten to slit your throats if you mock the creator. The Jews carry on giving to this planet new medicins technologies scientists and scolars. Caring for their enemies in times of war sending rescues the world over to countries that have earthquakes,& floods.
    This is why antisemitisme is rampant the world over…because..Israel and the Jews CARE while the rest of the world SLEEPS and looks on with EYES WIDE SHUT.

  8. The devil hates God’s land of Israel. His time is short.

  9. The devil hates God’s land of Israel. His time is short.


  11. Ronnie Lee says:

    Run run get your gun! Its “ANTI” he’s at it again!

  12. Jealousy is a terrible thing.

  13. Evil and unwarranted hatred are realities that exist in our world.

    The human being has an infinite capacity for evil that, left unchecked, can destroy the world.

    The Torah tells us that the “impulse of man’s heart is evil from his youth” (Gen 8:21).

    Man is not born good. He has to become good by forging his character, bending his baser instincts, and learning that there is another beside him and an Other above him.

    The Holocaust shows what can become of human beings when they permit the beast within them to control them.

    It teaches us that we must be alert to the existence of evil, both in others and in ourselves.

    Once we are aware of its reality, we can work to uproot it.

    The mitzvot of the Torah are designed to help the spiritual qualities within us dominate the beast within.

    Further, we learn from the tragedy of the Holocaust that to be silent in the face of evil is to acquiesce in it, encourage it, and help it grow.

    History teaches us that evil triumphs when good people remain silent.

    But when good people rise up against evil, evil will perish, and good will prevail. rabbi dr. Bernhard rosenberg

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