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March 06, 2007

Monument M Blog

Located on the side of a street on central campus stands a monument of a sitting man with his head bent into the crook of his arm, shielding his eyes. Beneath the monument one can find a plaque dedicating the site to “the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust”, “the millions more destroyed by prejudice and hatred during World War II”, and “those righteous and courageous few who risked their lives to save the victims of Nazism”. This particular monument honors University of Michigan alum by the name of Raoul Wallenberg. After helping to save tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews who were in danger, Wallenberg was taken by the Soviet forces and has been missing ever since. Thus, this bold monument hopes to remind all of the people who pass it by to take a moment of their day and remember the sad events that took place between 1933 and 1945. It also shows our appreciation towards the selfless individuals whose courageous acts make a difference in society.

As I am Jewish and have been raised Jewish for the past eighteen years, I am very sensitive towards the subject of the Holocaust. Throughout the years of attending Hebrew school, my teachers have instilled into my mind how important it is to remember the harsh and saddening years where half a million Jewish children were murdered among the six million Jews. I have been taught that if we forget and ignore what happened during the Holocaust, then it is only more likely to happen again. The statue in honor of the Swedish diplomat, Raoul Wallenberg, forces us to recognize the Holocaust each time we pass it. It forces society to thank those who put forth an effort to help those in trouble when a majority of the world was silent and ignorant. Because of the controversy always surrounding us as to whether or not the Holocaust actually did happen and how much of the information we receive is actually true, The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation at http://www.raoulwallenberg.net hopes to educate the public. It strives to encourage civic courage and public awareness among society. It offers hundreds of articles to help the public understand how important the Holocaust is, even today, so many years after it happened.

Posted by abmann at March 6, 2007 03:12 PM

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