Berlin Holocaust memorial, January 27th 2017, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

As I stand at the edge of the monument, I am deeply touched by its somber austerity. My eye is caught by a solitary rose standing on one of the concrete prisms. I walk towards it and take some pictures. An elder man sees that, approaches me and says: "I put that rose there. I would appreciate if you could send me the photo". He hands me a handmade business card with his address, phone and email. Richard Lehmann. I try to say something, but tears start to well up, and I barely blurt out the words "thank you".
I sent him the photo, finished the message with "peace". He thanked me for the tears and the word.

We must remember.


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