A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne
K. Young, Associate Editor.
On a recent cold and overcast Sunday afternoon in Poland, I carried
in my pocket a handwritten list of 207 names and walked over the snow-covered
expanse of a place once described by Nazi SS military surgeon Thilo as "anus
Seven years ago, after 20 years in practice, I began compiling a roster
of my patients who survived the Holocaust. I'm not sure what prompted me to
begin listing these people's names, along with their places of birth, and,
eventually, 977 of their murdered relatives. Perhaps it was because I was
born in 1943, the very year in which tens of thousands of Jewish infants—like
me—began to be murdered at the death camp Auschwitz. I probably began
logging the names of survivors while pondering how fortunate I was that my
grandparents left Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Perhaps it was simply
a desire to create my own private memorial to the slain.
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