Friday, January 28, 2005

We All Wish We Could Be So Sure

From the NYTimes on the ceremonies at Auschwitz yesterday:

Of all Thursday's speakers, the most impassioned was Merka Shevach, an elderly woman from Bialystok, Poland, who now lives in Israel.
She took the microphone to give an unscheduled, impromptu speech as dusk fell.

"I was here naked as a young girl, I was 16," Ms. Shevach shouted to the crowd. "They brought my family here and burnt them, they stole my name and gave me a number."

She pulled back her sleeve to show the tattoo: 15755.

"Now," she said, "I have a country, I have an army, I have a president, I have a flag and this will never happen again."

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