If you’ve been following along for the 26 days of story ideas, you probably know I try to tell stories that mean something. And as often as I can, I try to tell stories that mean something about people coming together for something good.
Well, today’s story idea will be one of those ideas because today is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day we reflect on what hate and evil can do when left unchecked and the importance of being good to each other, especially those being persecuted.
The Holocaust and World War II in general was one of the most defining moments of all time. The UN was born out of it. America’s role as a world leader was established. And many countries used it as an impetus to commit itself to fight hate. Unfortunately, the defining moment is passing as more and more people are forgetting or purposefully erasing the memory of the Holocaust, or trying to warp the lessons of it. So I believe it’s important to keep the story of the Holocaust alive, and writing a children’s book that plants the seed of being united against hate and evil in the fertile mind of the young is a great avenue to do that.
This will be hard for me, though, because I don’t like to destroy the innocence of children, so while I think it’s important to tell a true story, because it’s so hard to believe, these stories need to be told, I don’t think I could do it.
The story I could tell would be a metaphor of the Martin Niemoller poem:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me- and there was no one left to speak for me.
Though, I would like to add to the idea, because it’s not enough, in my mind, to help Others because they can one day help you. It’s important to help Others because it’s right. That’s the story I want to tell. In fact now that I’ve typed all this out, I think I have a title: The Others, and possibly a completely different direction for the story…