Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Joseph Gringlas - January 14 & 22, March 18, 1993

Importance of Telling

And is there anything you just wanted to add about it that--about telling the story? Do you think it's important that you tell the story?

I guess right eh, now the way things are, we're getting old. It's very important. Because we are the last witnesses to the Holocaust. And if we're not going to tell the story it's going to fade out and it's going to disappear. And it's very important to tell and we've never forget about it. If we forget it then it might repeat. Hopefully that--but it looks like the world is so in wars now that it doesn't. People don't learn at all from war. We thought after last war this, this is going to be it. This is it. They'll--no war, all peace. I guess people in what's going on in Yugoslavia and, and killing people and this cleansing. It's, it's still in those, there's still a lot in this, in this world people which don't learn to live together with other people.

It's terrible.

It's terrible. It's--'cause I hope, hope so that someday ??? but so far it's going do ages and ages and never learn.

You think that's what people should learn from an examination of the Holocaust. Studying your experience.

Yeah, the experience, that uh, you have to live with people. You can't--and you can't liquidate another gen...another even if they're different religious and they're not what you are, but you have to learn to live together. Otherwise you can destroy each other if, if you don't live together.

That's a good place to stop. Thank you.

Okay. Date: March 18, 1993

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