April 11th, 2010

Inspired by the Anne Frank movie on PBS tonight (see Finally, an ‘Anne Frank’ deserving of the screen, Washington Post 4/11/10) and in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day today.

”Whoever destroys a single life, it is as if he has destroyed an entire world; and whoever preserves a single life, it is as if he has saved an entire world.”.” – Talmud: Sanhedrin 37a

The death of six million

Is tragically sad,

But it’s the death of each one of those

That makes it so bad.

Tonight’s ‘Anne Frank’

Reminds me of the fact

That each one of those six million

Wasn’t just abstract.

The movie’s power is that

It ensures we’ve realized

That Anne Frank was important

For more than she symbolized.

She was a person

With a life of her own.

What would she have become

If only she’d grown?

She was just one out of six million,

And just 15 herself.

But that’s the point:

She was just one out of six million…

A self.

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