Today is the 77th anniversary of the beginning of World War II. It’s frightening to think how much time–and how little time–has passed since the Holocaust. Seventy-seven years is only one person’s lifetime–which in the history of humanity, is nothing.
This is one of the reasons why one teen named Sarina recently visited the concentration camp, along with her father, where her paternal grandmother, Sala, was a prisoner 71 years ago. The father-daughter duo have wanted to be able to walk the same steps Sala had many years ago–as a way to honor her and understand her struggle and pain.
Sala was born in Poland–where she was one of millions of Jews who were sent to Auschwitz. Sala was the only person in her family to survive, as her parents and brother were later forced on a death march to Belsen.
It’s heartbreaking to listen to Leo describe the absolute devastation his own mother faced during the Holocaust–and how it affected him as he grew up. If only one thing could be apparent from this video, it’s the fact that no matter how many years have gone by, the Holocaust can never be forgotten, nor can the pain be taken away.
Watch the video here to see what it was like for Sarina and her dad to walk through Bergen-Belsen, the concentration camp Sala survived.