Right now we do remember them, because some survivors are alive to “tell” their stories. Let’s begin a new movement: encouraging childbearing and adopting persons to name children after Holocaust victims or survivors. Family or not. Their stories are available, so honor any whose lives touch your heart.
Our son, Ari Michael, carries a distant cousin’s name, “Menachum.” A non-Jewish soldier in WWI was saved by Menachum in the barracks. Years later in WWII, from his farm, he spotted Menachum and his wife Esther in a work camp and secretly offered Menachum refuge if they fled! They did, and Menachum’s name and memory “live on” with Ari Michael, and hopefully will be continued for many generations. We knew Menachum and Esther. They were a sweet, loving, childless, couple who gave out silver dollars to all the family children. Their memory is a blessing.
Claire Helfman, Waterville Valley, N.H., and Marblehead