I am currently at a conference in St. Louis so awoke this morning feeling badly I'm not in my home community for Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance. This morning I heard that there was a Jewish survivor speaking at the History Museum. It was there I met Sara Moses who told her compelling story of survival.
The Polish immigrant shared that as a six-year-old child, she lay in a bunk sick with typhus at Bergen-Belson concentration camp. The only thing she could do to cure boredom was to use her creative mind. She used her own ten fingers to entertain herself. She named them and imagined faces on them. Her fingers had a family. They were not torn apart from those they loved. They had food to eat and a mother to tuck them in at night.
As she spoke, I couldn't help but think what a wonderful children's book her story would make for the series. I will reach out to her soon to see if she is interested in having her story told in this way.
It was an unexpected pleasure to hear her story today. May we never forget.