Bonnie Adler Faces The Holocaust

Bonnie Adler is a Westport-based freelance writer. The other day, she posted a compelling story on CNN Travel. 

It’s an intensely personal reminder that the past is closer than we think. Bonnie begins:

Long before I could speak of it, I knew my mother had blue numbers on the soft skin of her inside forearm. My father had a similar stamp, as did my aunt and uncle. I understood they were very happy in our small family circle, but once upon a time, in a past I did not comprehend, they were not.

They spared us their separate tragic stories for as long as they could, but my sisters and I eventually came to know the bare-bones facts they shared: Parents dead, siblings lost, my father’s brother missing, never found.

Bonnie Adler (right) and her mother.Bon

I am no different than many children of Holocaust survivors. We share a common denominator. We are mostly recipients of overwhelming love born out of loss and survival guilt. And we share a responsibility to remember and honor those we love and the memory of those they lost.

So when an email came, with information that for the first time there was to be an official ceremony acknowledging the 75th anniversary of the liquidation of the ghetto in the city of Radom, Poland, my two sisters and I were gripped by a primal reaction.

Bonnie’s trip to Poland was harrowing, exhausting and inspiring. Click here to read the entire story.

8 responses to “Bonnie Adler Faces The Holocaust

  1. All I can leave are tears.

  2. Ilene Mirkine

    ‘Such a moving post, Dan – Bonnie’s piece is beautifully told. I’m sure her trip was an emotional rollercoaster and trust that she will write more on this as her thoughts meld with her daily life here. Many of us with similar backgrounds can visualize our relatives in the exact same situations as Bonnie’s…thank you for sharing.

  3. We need these stories told and retold so as to never forget. Thank you, Bonnie, Ken Bernhard

  4. Marc Sandy Block

    My parents escaped Germany and Austria as teenagers, as their friends and families died in the concentration camps. My mother (in New Jersey) worked long difficult hours in a factory making clothes, saving all her earnings, writing letters to officials, visiting offices in New York, always searching for a way to rescue her parents. She failed. Immigration restrictions closed all paths. Her life was one of righteous optimism and love of family, friends, and country. Thanks, Bonnie, for sharing your story and triggering melting memories.

  5. Thanks Bonnie for sharing about your family history and recent experience. Such an interesting journey into the past. Something that should never be forgotten. And yes, your story does make you so appreciative of your life in the USA.

  6. Bobbi Ganin Essagof

    This is why we must stop the nonsense and craziness going on in our own country. Never again is not just a slogan. Please send this story on to your children and friends. It’s the only way!
    Thanks for sharing Bonnie.

  7. Bonnie:

    Overwhelming. That your parents and aunt and uncle could survive and chose not live angry, bitter lives, but to give you and your generation love and hope and smiles and that your children also could be whole, joyful people speaks to the wonder of the human spirit. I am proud to know you.