Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Tamara Sessler - February 4, 2008

Thoughts on the Holocaust Today

Over the last twenty years or so the Holocaust has become a very popular subject. There are movies, Academy Award winning movies, documentaries, plays, novels, museums opening all over the place--do you, do you think this popularization is a good thing?

I think it's a must.


Why? Because the world must never forget what humanity a person can be against another human being.

And then there are Winton stories.

Then the Winton stories and then there's lots of other--not enough but there are quite a few righteous Gentiles who endangered their own lives and their own families to save a, a Jew. These are marvelous stories and I'm afraid I've got a lot of troubles with the Israelis. We are not a person--we are not a country who acknowledges good things that have been done to us. I'm not talking about this tree that they planted in the Yad Vashem for the Righteous Gentiles but there're lots of people that did lots of good things for us and we've forgotten them. I'm talking about people like the chappy who discovered all the banker cards in Switzerland which were from the Jews. I'm talking about the chappy who brought us the, the plans for the Mirage plane when France wouldn't send it to us, yes? These people should've been treated different as Israel Jews. I'm, I'm very much against that but then I'm only a little person and I can't do anything about it.

But you're a Winton child.

That's right.

Do you think that the Yad Vashem should acknowledge Sir Nicholas as a Christian?

Definitely, definitely but they can't because he's Jewish. He was born Jewish and they don't acknowledge Jews. Definitely should've been acknowledged.

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