A Night With A Survivor

Last week we went to the Holocaust Museum of Houston to hear a survivor, Chaja Verveer. Chaja was young during the Holocaust, and told us her story through a combination of her memory and things she had other accounts or records of. While hearing what her and her family went through was amazing, she made a point to deliver a couple of additional messages that were also really powerful.

One that stuck out to me was how slowly everything happened. She said (and I’m writing this from memory so it may not be 100% word-for-word)

                At first they said Jews couldn’t teach at universities. People said well, they can get other jobs. Then they said Jews couldn’t attend University…and it went on from there.

She also ended with the strong statement that even though everyone swears to never let it happen again, genocide has happened since in a variety of places around the world. And that we should stand up against it.

The two thoughts combined were really impactful for me as a reminder that voices speaking out against injustices, no matter how small they might be are important. And that we should also be talking about larger injustices even just to make sure people know what’s going.

I count myself lucky to be able to have heard her speak. Houston is lucky to have a museum like the HMH.

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2 thoughts on “A Night With A Survivor

  1. That’s incredible that you were able I attend that, I would’ve loved to hear her speak. Also, you should read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult for a different perspective of the holocaust. Very interesting read.

    1. I’ll have to check itout, I’ve never read it.Have you been to the museum? They have talks like this often, so I might try to go more, but the survivor video they have in their permanent exhibition is so haunting and powerful.

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