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April 14, 2012
Kenneth Treister is the sculptor/architect of this amazing work of art located in Miami Beach, Florida.
Music by John Murphy from the film 'Sunshine'
Léa C. Muszkat,
January 27, 2014 8:58 PM
AN INSPIRING MONUMENT -NOT TO FORGET!
CONGRATS TO AISH' THAT GAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE,LITTLE OF WHAT I IMAGINE AN HUGE, TOUCHING HOMAGE TOTHOSE WHO SUFFER 'TILL DEATH, FOR TO HAVE A HOLY AND BLESSED COUNTRY, TODAY;
April 14, 2013 8:50 PM
May HASHEM heal there hearts and comfort them.
April 8, 2013 7:19 PM
mans inhumanity to man
WE MUST HONOR MANKIND AND NEVER FORGETTHE OCEAN OF TEARS......
April 8, 2013 9:22 AM
When will this video be over?
I couldn't take one minute of this harsh impacting video & yet this was the life of 6,000,000 Jews....24/7....there are no words...just tears.
February 8, 2013 2:12 PM
Not for the faint at heart - Shoe!!
Terrible - HELL on earth.
May something like this never happen again.
We pray for the people in Sderot.
May 3, 2012 1:33 AM
grocers in england
this should be built next door to those grocers who don't sell Israel products he who blesses Abraham
April 22, 2012 4:51 AM
to # 24
It will end! and we have much control over when it'll end, one of the things that we have to do is to believe in G-d, even when we dont understand why He does what He does. But your question is a very good one, and needs to be addressed, yet even if you never get a satisfactory answer, that still is not a reason not to believe in G-d. Simply because nobody can come close to even fathom the power and the greatness of Hashem.
We are like a 3 year old that cries because his father did something that he doesn’t like. Now he doesn’t like it because all he sees is what he wants right now, he cant see the bigger picture because hes a baby. The same idea applies to life, G-d's greatness is so far removed from our understanding, that when He does something we dont understand it we may feel lost. And we have a choice. We can be the 3 year old who cries because he feels that his father was mean to him. Or (the way that you'll be happier in life,) we can be more mature and understand that we cant understand why Hashem does what He does, and even though it may seem mean at the time, we have to understand that there is a bigger picture, and to realize that He is our loving Father who ALWAYS has our best interests in mind.
April 20, 2012 6:22 PM
Very moving video
I used this with my English I class in connection with Yom HaShoah. I thought it was very appropriate and sobering without being sensationistic.
April 19, 2012 7:51 PM
It will never end
How can we believe in God? He allows such horrors? Why? Is there a lesson? a moral?
There is nothing that can rationally explain why mankind is what it is...........
May 10, 2012 5:16 AM
G-d is not a puppet master
The Highest Wisdom has bestowed free will on His creation, What we do with it, what other people do with is ultimately up to us and them as individuals. We have the opportunity to do good -- or not. There is only one way to determine who is good and who is not and that is what do we do with our free will? Some use their free will to kill and others use their free will to stand by and let it happen. I use my free will to love the G-d who created me - the G-d who created this world in order to bestow good upon us.
Lover of G-d,
May 30, 2012 11:08 PM
It will end
"How can we believe in God?" To this I would ask How can we NOT believe in God? "He allows such horrors?" You must understand that God doesn't ignore these horrors in fact he hates them. However, the horrors are not at the hand of God they are the result of a sinful man. The lesson as I see it is if we (mankind) were to love as God has ordained then the moral would be the lesson. God hates sin and he will have his day. That is a promise from him.
July 14, 2012 8:51 PM
He is GOD, we are not.
February 10, 2013 4:25 AM
Anonymous (24)- perhaps you should ask yourself how many of the holoucast survivors went on to rebuild their lives and raise frum families AFTER PERSONALLY (UNLIKE YOU) suffering through the horrors depicted here. IN FLORIDA ITSELF (! The same place this video was shot) there is a special shul that is exclusive for survivors!!!!! They come every morning, roll up their sleeves and lovingly wrap the black holy straps around the very arms tattooed with numbers from the camps!
April 19, 2012 3:13 PM
Thank you for this short film
It was very moving. So many events are lining up just like they did in the 1930's. This time Jews have some power in defending themselves. Hopefully Israel and other freedom loving countries will destroy Iran's nuclear war machine and topple their leaders from power.
April 19, 2012 4:55 AM
Never Again must be remembered
Viewing the film should be mandatory for those who ignore the threats from Iran and Palestinians. The world has been silent once again, and the Jews may again be sacrificed to appease the Haters. Jews must realize that they must defend by themselves their Homeland, Israel, since the world's nations have their own priorities.
April 19, 2012 1:03 AM
I know the question has been asked for thousands of years, but why us? I sometimes wonder whether there really is a Gd. How could a Gd permit what has happened to "his people" for all these thousands of years? But that is exactly what confirms my belief in Hashem: We know we are Jews! How can we do that? How can we, of all the people who have come and gone, know that we are attached to Father Abraham?
We lost our Temple and our land because of senseless hatred towards one another. Recently, I mentioned to a local rabbi that I had bee visiting a Chabad center in my area. He spat on the ground and called them Christians! When I see Jews who choose to let their sidelocks grow, who dress in old fashioned clothes, I just smile and love them as well as any other Jew. When we love each other, we prosper; when we hate other Jews simply because of the way they choose to live, we fall back on the same kind of trouble that we've gotten into for thousands of years.
What is it going to take for us to realize that we are one of the worlds rarest human beings...JEWS and we have to embrace each other.
We are 0.02% of the world's population...we're not even 15 million! We are either going to thrive by loving each Jew as though they were members of our own family or we will perish again. Don't think it can happen? Tell it to Iran.
Rabbi Hadassah Ryklin,
April 18, 2012 5:58 PM
Outstanding artistic rendering!
Excellent work! This must be shown in every school, every Synagogue, every Church etc. This is what people should see on TV instead of perverted shows that contaminate human mind. NEVER AGAIN! May the memories of Holocaust never be forgotten.
April 18, 2012 12:40 AM
April 18, 2012 9:07 PM
Never Again - only if we learn the lessons from the past
"Never Again" is a catchy phrase, but I'm afraid it rings hollow if we fail to learn the lessons of the past.
April 17, 2012 11:36 PM
I never really understood the holcost.... until now.
April 17, 2012 2:30 AM
showing pain angony of those who suffered e'met
pain suffering relived,done with detail , never ever
forget,touched with million emotions, thank you,forever .
etching in our hearts and minds, never ever allow to happen again amen
April 17, 2012 2:25 AM
Matthew Brown's "Shoah - A Short Film" - Required Viewing!
This may be the most intense short film I've seen on The Holocaust to date. It is impossible to watch to watch this film and not be moved to tears. Required viewing (not for young children).
April 16, 2012 11:55 PM
This was something "jotze min haklal! The things we see here, make you feel, you are there, see the people suffering and and you hear their cries and feel their anguish..And then to listen to Hitler in the middle of death and suffering. So I felt, when I was first in Dachau,then in Mauthausen. I am at loss of words, and it is a terrible feeling to have belonged to the people who were the murderers.And that I then was a child, does not really help. May it never be forgotten!!!!!
April 16, 2012 6:18 AM
Matthew Brown is a very talented (audio)visual artist
a very intense video, brilliantly thought up and done, great camera work for the brilliant editing ...
April 16, 2012 5:35 AM
i've read & seen Auschwitz. when a person thinks of all the Jews & others who perished, sure many great minds were lost, but the world should never forget! i find this was very moving & shows the reality of it all.
April 16, 2012 5:13 AM
You can not hurt me any more
I was 3 and my mother who was the only survivor of 11 brothers and sisters under the murderous Nazis...would bless the Shabbos Candles (11 in all)...I asked why has this house light 11 candles....and everyone else lights only 2....She said before making the blessing for the Sabbath....This one is for my brother Moishe whom they shot...For my brother Chaim...gassed at Aushwitz....etc....Tears pouring down her face....3 years after the war....ended...no one left...no one....She made the blessing and said to me ....say Amen...I was silent...she said again...say Amen...I said I can not ....and she asked me why can you not?? Because I told her I can not believe in a G'd who allows little children to be murdered....She said...There is a reason for everything...Never did she shirk her believe in G'd....and when some 40 yrs later...when she died...and her last words were Shema Yisroel...I became frum overnight....that is my comment to this and every other Holocaust film I see....
April 17, 2012 10:11 AM
I sit here amazed that any human being ciukd be so calloused as to murder another and yet it is true. I'm equally amazed when wicked things happen and yet the faith in G-d soars higher than the atrocities of the human heart. G-d is real. We don't understand everything and yet our questioning eventually leads us to the source of Truth. I have not seen G-d except in the simple faith of this mother. Her legacy of faith lives on.
April 18, 2012 5:53 PM
Yisroel! you heard!
Blessed is the memory and steadfast faith of your mother.
April 16, 2012 2:44 AM
Never Again !
Never Again !!!
April 16, 2012 1:23 AM
Born in Prague-Europe during WWII I remember my mother telling me later in Life about loosing her boyfriend Emil to Holocaust. My Grandmother become for few years Catholic just in nick of the time to safe her self from concentration camp. Emigrated after war to ISRAEL. She was one of few lucky ones -one Jewish soul saved - thousands and eventually millions lost to Mad man and Nazi ideology. Never again World and us especially
should allow these kind of horrors take place. Art work is powerful and should keep us "NEVER FORGET" terror,cry,pain of victims, awful atrocities committed by Hitler and his followers.
April 15, 2012 11:16 PM
Interesting that even though I don't know German that my body tensed up hearing the hatred spew out of hitler.
April 15, 2012 10:32 PM
This should never happen again. God forgive those who did nothing.
April 15, 2012 6:32 PM
most moving memorial ever seen
As many times as I have visited this memorial and found it the most moving of all memorials I've seen, I've never experienced it this viscerally. Amazing.
April 15, 2012 6:21 PM
Thanks, in the name's of my familie who were murdered in Sobibor and Auschwitz.
April 15, 2012 4:46 PM
The facial expressions, body positions, color and textures unite to form a phenomenally powerful experience. This is art at its finest.
April 15, 2012 3:27 PM
it is moving..... but
very poignant, and it grabs the essence of hatred turning people to less than stones, only to be resurrected by the sculptor who brings life to the remnants.
But.... Hitler, the destroyer, was no worse than Muhammed, nor was his philosophy of destruction of the jews any worse than Muhammeds. So what's the beef for me?
That showing one slaughterers hate doesn't evidence the others- in fact- it actually makes it less apparent.
Htiler, having lost the war, was willing to sacrifice the german people to their necessary destruction as a 'nation' as their punishment for losing his war against- the Jews. He said in fact that the purpose of his war was ultimately as he penned in his suicide note:" Above all, I charge the leadership of the nation and their followers with the strict observance of the racial laws and with merciless resistance against the universal poisoners of all peoples, international Jewry.in, 29th April1945, 4: a.m.
signed: A. Hitler"
And Muhammed said essentially the same thing. All infidels, but ESPECIALLY the Jews. And in fact- when a muslim only gets to go to the highest 'heavenly' reward for killing infidels who refuse to submit, then of course, you have your 'hatred' well evidenced.
But we don't... do we. What we have is the warnings that hatred is 'bad', not good, but then.... we move on, and make it everything but what it is, because it is so hideous and ugly. We speak of tolerance, and such and forget that the 'hatred' such as hitler's and muhammed's is of G-d and try notions of right and wrong. Remember- do unto all others is the jewish, or G-d's contribution to humanity. All essentially pay credence to it's meaning except- Islam.
April 15, 2012 3:08 PM
We must never forget
Let us never forget what some would have us believe never happened.
April 15, 2012 11:13 AM
Incredible! The artwork and images will be seered into our memory. A very powerful video, accompanied by an excellent musical choice. I only wish the images of Hitler, may his name and memory be blotted from our minds, were not included.
April 15, 2012 5:32 PM
Alan I Agree
We did not need to have the insane voice of that 'madman' polluting the pure memory of these innocent millions of people.
April 15, 2012 10:23 AM
one word WOW
April 15, 2012 3:10 PM
I agreee WOW
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