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Of a Comb, a Prayer Book, Sugar Cubes and Lice

When I was 18, I met a Holocaust survivor named Elizabeth Blum Goldstein in my Literature class in high school. She endured six concentration camps including Auschwitz and lived to tell about it. I branded her my hero. A year or so later, I wrote a story about her on my blog. I talked about how her book (Of a comb, a prayer book, sugar cubes and lice) influenced me and how she was one of the greatest people I’ve ever come across in my life. One of my readers, went ahead and contacted her in honor of my story and we set up a lunch date. I also got another signed copy of her book because my sister had lost mine when I lent it to her.

On Twitter, i once said, “Get around people who have something of value to share with you. Learn from them, best decision you will ever make. Their impact will prove much significance in your life long after they have departed”. That is exactly what I did with Ms. Goldstein. Her story was able to captivate me long after my high school days were over.

My point is, encourage yourself to any way you can. I chose to learn everything I can about the Holocaust because I believe it is worthy to know history. Four years out of high school, I probably know way more about the subject than my former classmates do.

In the article about the Auschwitz exhibit, that’s exactly what the goal is, to make people learn. Mr. Zajac said, “When I am at Auschwitz, I start looking at the world and at my own life. I remind myself of what’s important, which is so easy to forget. In the kingdom of death you can find the meaning of life. At the biggest cemetery in the world, I know what I live for”. I thought that was powerful.


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