Sunday, January 22, 2012

Windsor Book Club's Heartfelt Discussions...

When I left off in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned there was more to be said about our Windsor Book Club (WBC) meeting, held last Monday at the Green Bean Cafe, near the University of Windsor (U of W).  In addition, if you read yesterday's LwL entry, you'll know that I posted a link to the entry I wrote, regarding the book, Night.

Since we had a small group, we all sat around one table, discussing the book.  Everyone agreed, it was a wonderful book.  For any who have not read it, I believe you should.

Not only because the book's author, Elie Wiesel won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, but because in the book, he writes more than memoirs.  He writes about the atrocities of war.  WW2, in particular.  His life experience at the hand of those who would probably have preferred he be dead.

During and after our seemingly never-ending discussion of the book, we discussed atrocities of WW2, Hitler, Nazism and other topics, including concentration/work camps.

Although I have not visited Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration/Extermination Camps, now a museum where people are free to come and go at will, I have been to Dachau Concentration Camp.

About a dozen years ago, my now deceased husband, Gordon and I toured western Europe for close to six (6) weeks.  One of the places we visited was Dachau

Believe me when I say that I tell everyone, that if they do not believe in the depravity of man, they need to visit Dachau, or one of the similar camps that were not only exterminating Jews, but also anyone who was deemed to be a threat to Nazism.

In addition to discussing the book, the trauma the author experienced and the camps, we also discussed other issues relating to WW2. 

The subject of Anne Frank came up.  During our discussion about her and the museum in Amsterdam, I mentioned that I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the place where the Frank family and others hid themselves (now a museum). However, another place in nearby Haarlem was of importance, too; the ten Boom Museum

In my opinion, this was an even more heartwarming/gutwrenching experience visiting and seeing first-hand, where Corrie ten Boom and her family, not only hid Jews and other people wanted by the Nazi's, but also assisted in helping those at risk, find their way to new lives.

Our group leader S, asked if I had photos or video.  I replied I have both.  Before we went our separate ways at the end of the meeting, S asked me if I would mind attending the Friday meeting as well, asking if I would bring in pics for people to see.

This I agreed to do.  So, on Friday evening, I had an instant replay of Monday's meeting.  Oops... since there's much more to be said, I will have to continue this, tomorrow.

Until next time...

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