In The Wee Hours: My Cousin Evie

The sun has set on International Holocaust Remembrance Day this year, but that doesn’t mean the remembrance should ever end. I’d like to introduce you to someone very special. This is my cousin Evie, and she is a Holocaust Survivor.

Photo taken at the Oregon Holocaust Memorial in 2017. Evie worked to complete this memorial site.

Evie was just two years old when the Nazis rolled into her hometown of Vienna, Austria. In the videos below, she tells the story of her miraculous and harrowing escape to freedom with her parents. They were the lucky ones. Most, if not all, of her extended family perished in the Death Camps.

I’m sharing these videos here for two reasons. The first and most important is that the Holocaust should never, ever be denied or forgotten! There are very few people left alive who can give a first hand accounting of the atrocities perpetuated by the Nazi regime. It is our duty — my duty — to amplify their voices and remember their stories. The second is purely that I want to be able to quickly find these videos so that I can fulfill that duty.

It’s my honor to present Evie’s story here. Please give it a listen and share it.

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