Today’s Tip is a simple one … in genealogy there are some things we must never forget and we must always accept.
If you saw my posts three days ago, you know that January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A day and a horrific event that we must never forget, especially as genealogists.
As genealogists and family historians we are most likely more aware of the differences that permeate our families. Most families are far from ‘pure’ anything. We may go back a long, long way in lots of places — for instance my Phillips family was in Cornwall from at least the 1536 to 1912, with Cornishmen marrying Cornishwomen. But then … my Gramps emigrated, my Nana emigrated and when my Dad got married, he married a nice Bohemian girl!
My wife’s family was 100% Italian … until I came along!
So the incredible horror of the holocaust … of one group of people deciding that other groups of people needed to be eradicated from the Earth should be even more horrific in our eyes, I believe. The mere fact that these people were Jewish or Gypsies, homosexual, or mix-blooded, or followed different philosophical policies was not any reason to try and exterminate them!
As a person with Bohemian blood in his veins, I also know of the attempted genocide against the Bohemians by the Hapsburgs.
Additionally, I am the son of a Liberator. Consequently, I have heard first hand accounts of the horrors of the holocaust. My father was with the first liberators of Langenstein Concentration Camp. He saw, witnessed, and vomited at the horror of the camps. He was effected by it his whole life. While he rarely spoke of it, he did finally tell his stories one time … because, thank God, he wanted my children to hear what it was like and what it did to him.
So …. never forget the Holocaust. Never forget that none of us are probably pure anything!
Be accepting of others and be ever vigilant!
Onward To Our Past,