Friday, May 20, 2011

Holocaust Museum

We took a field trip with some friends to our state's Holocaust Museum. The museum followed the story of the Kalamitskas family, from Nazi occupation to liberation. Our docent is the youngest Holocaust survivor. His parents were partisan freedom fighters. 

This sculpture is the symbol for the museum. The six candles represent the 6 million Jews that were murdered during the Holocaust.  The Star of David is broken at the top and bottom to represent all of the families that were forever separated on this earth.

In a concentration camp.

Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass

Holocaust means whole burnt. The sculpture in the background is a hand reaching for help from the flames of torture. A hand that was largely ignored by the civilized world.

Many Torah's were burned during Kristallnacht. This is a Torah that was saved from that horrible night.

On the SS St. Louis with 936 German Jews trying to escape the Holocaust in Europe. After traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to the coast of Florida they were denied entrance to the United States. The ship was forced to return to Europe, only 365 of the 936 passengers survived the Holocaust.

In the Ghetto the Jews were forced to live on limited food rations and face the humiliation of their Synagogues being desecrated.

The family makes a daring escape from the Ghetto through a small hole that they make in the fence. A family member covers their tracks by wiring the fence back together. They hide on the land of a potato farmer. He allows them to build a hiding place under the ground were 17 of them hide for 7 months.

Asael Bielski's (left) life was portrayed in the movie Defiance.

One Million Five Hundred thousand Jewish children were murdered during the Holocaust. In 1990 there were 1,500,000 children in the public education system in the state of Virginia.

Entering the gas chamber.

Inside the gas chamber listening to our docent describe the fear and torture of the people who died there.

The concentration camp entrance

Our docent Alex gave us a remarkable journey with the personal stories of his family and the Kalamitskas family. The family picture on the right is a picture of his family taken while at the Displaced Persons Camp.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Hannah Turns 13!

I can't believe my baby is 13! She is growing up to be such a beautiful young lady who loves to serve and help others.  
For her birthday party she invited a bunch of friends over and we had a huge Nertz competition. Unfortunately I was so busy playing hostess I didn't get any pics. Thankfully a friend put some pics up on facebook =)  

After everyone left I wanted to get a pic of Isaac and Hannah together. Of course there was lots of silliness. 

Here are some more pics of Hannah's bday week

 Sweet friends and mentors to Hannah, Jessi and Jenni

 So happy cousin Natey could be with us.

Hannah's Kitchen: Oatmeal Cookies

Hannah loves baking. She makes the best oatmeal cookies ever. It seems she can never make enough and we are always fighting over who gets the last one =)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Happy Mother's Day

My mom is one of the most beautiful women I know. Her faith in Jesus Christ has always encouraged me to know him more. Her joyful spirit even through the toughest of times and her gift of service inspire me each day. I love you mom!

I am sitting in my mom's lap celebrating my first birthday while my older sister looks on. My mom is 9 months pregnant with my younger sister.