April 16 was Holocaust Remembrance Day across the world. On that day we remember the millions of Jews who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 40s in Europe. We remember all of the atrocities that were committed without regard to the sacred nature of human life. Today, 70 years after World War II concluded, it can be difficult for us to grasp the full extent of what happened. As time passes, it’s easy for the effect of those acts to be dulled in our minds. We’ve all heard the statistics of how many people were murdered, how much some populations were devastated by it, but most people alive today never experienced it firsthand and don’t necessarily have a full appreciation for the horrors that occurred. But for the people who survived the Holocaust and are still with us today, those events are still very real and very close in their minds. Today, Holocaust survivors still need our help and prayers as much as they ever have. Unfortunately, many survivors were never provided with the proper
counseling and tools to help them cope with everything that they saw and experienced. While many survivors did indeed somehow find a way to move on with their lives, start families and even move to new lands, this often came at the price of suppressing the memories of the Holocaust. When people suppress painful memories, it is likely that these memories will later manifest themselves in harmful ways. Late-onset post-traumatic stress disorder is common among war veterans, Holocaust survivors and other people who have experienced such tragedies early in life. Survivors often suffer from confusion, nightmares and hallucinations, especially now that they are aging and are more likely to experience other health complications, like Alzheimer’s and dementia. These are people who survived the mass murders of the Holocaust, but are still fighting to survive their memories every single day. At Curt Landry Ministries, we ask that you continue to lend your prayers to the survivors of the Holocaust and to consider contributing to charities or donating your time to help survivors in need as they age. Contact us to learn more about opportunities that exist for you to help.
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