Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. A day to consider those lost, the stain on humanity left from the Shoah, the strength of those who live on and the efforts to honor all said by creating a world where human rights are never lost to this extent again.
And this is the story of Lydia Maksymowicz, a child Survivor of Auschwitz. She lived through the selections, Dr. Mengele's experiments and so much more. She lived on and created a life that bears witness to the fortitude some human beings find through the hells that can be found here on earth. She is much more definable by the things she made happen in her life afterward than she is these, that happened to her before. But she will always be a child Survivor on some level. These things can't be undone and she asks us to join her in remembering them.
Note-This clip is a rough cut and on site translation our recent interview and isn't intended to be verbatim but more of an outline of her story. Her words, in Polish, have been cut out of most of this piece in the interest of the viewers time.
Second Note-In the rest of Lydia's story there is some redemption to be found in the life she created and attitude she adopted, however that has been kept out of this, also in the interest of time and so as not to inject my ideals and desire for happy endings into what is an undeniably grim part of her history.