What if there was Instagram during the Holocaust

by Leah Rosenberg

It is impossible to fathom the greatness of the tragedy of the Holocaust. The number 6 million is unfathomable. The richness of the Jewish life that was destroyed is unfathomable. But most of all, it is so difficult to imagine a world wherein an entire continent became consumed with so much hate and indifference towards the Jewish people. Despite the heroics of the thousands and tens of thousands of righteous gentiles who risked their lives and the lives of their families in order to save Jews, most of Europe did not care or were happy to see the Jewish people disappear.

Documenting the Holocaust

Most of the people who documented the Holocaust were killed. There are documents, pictures, and rare videos of the ghettos and other horrible atrocities that were perpetrated over the years 1939 – 1945. But, to truly feel what life was like then is very difficult. That was perhaps the greatness of the film Schindler’s List. It brought a genuine feel of the times to so many people who could not fathom the world falling to such an abyss.

To create a semblance of the reality of life in the Holocaust via the tool Instagram is pure brilliance. Maya & Mati Kochavi have jumped into a very controversial space . They should be praised. First of all, all memories of the Holocaust – in all forms – should be preserved. This “new age” method is unique and will probably spawn many other imitations among the younger generation that would like to keep memories going of their aging grandparents.

Never Again does not merely mean that we believe that such a tragedy should never happen again. It means that we should stand up and make sure to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. One method is via Instagram and documenting what is going on in the world today, and relating it to the times before World War II. We always must be on guard, keep a strong standing Army and reserves, and trust in God to protect us.

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