Sunday, February 22, 2009
"From Ashes To Life"
I recently purchased the soundtrack to Schindler's List and have been finding the music hauntingly peaceful. It almost seems wrong to remark that I like the cd; a disrespectful pleasure in light of the Jews' struggles, along with the millions of others who were ruthlessly swept up in Hitler's death machine. I'm currently teaching the Holocaust to my eighth graders. Together we have journeyed through a survivor's life named Cecilia Einchengreen. Her story is one the most riveting and raw books I've ever read on the subject. "From Ashes To Life" is a story of tragedy, horror, rebirth, disgust, hope and most importantly living. I highly urge anyone interested in the subject to get the book. You will NOT be sorry. My image today seemed fitting to my immersion in the subject. A vault door, ornate and of fine craftsmanship. Beyond the door an amazing life was led. All of our lives are amazing. The people we touch. The stories we tell by living each day. The gifts we pass to others. It is what history is- the gift of stories from those who lived. Maybe that is why I became a history teacher, a story teller. I photographed this vault door when I first started my hobby of photography and have been drawn to this cemetery ever since. I wish I could find that first image.