Words of the Week

“I can feel freedom. I stay by the window and look out. The first thing I do in the morning is look out and see the world. I am alive. I have food, I go out, I go for walks, I do some shopping. And I remember: No one wants to kill me. So, still, I read. I cook a little bit. I shop a little bit. I learned the computer. I do puzzles.

I still sometimes feel that I am missing out. A full year is gone. I lost my childhood, I never had my teenage years. And now, in my old age, this is shortening my life by a year. I don’t have that many years left. The way we have lived this year means I have lost many opportunities to lecture, to tell more people my story, to let them see me and know the Holocaust happened to a real person, who stands in front of them today. It’s important.”

Source: Toby Levy, “The Holocaust Stole My Youth. Covid-19 Is Stealing My Last Years” (The New York Times)

2 thoughts on “Words of the Week

  1. Mindy Portnoy says:

    Excellent choice! I had read the full article when it appeared…helped me in ways few articles have so far.
    I am 20 years younger than she is, I did not experience the Holocaust, but I identify with her feeling of the loss of time….

  2. Erika Dreifus says:

    Yes, I think a lot of people share that feeling….

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