Yom Hashoah – Part 2 – Bubbie Janine

My Mother, Janine Jaskovitch Jason, is a Survivor. She is almost 84 years old. She was born on June 14, 1931 in Berlin, Germany. She lived in the middle of Berlin on Alexander Platz. She lived with her parents and governous. At the age of 6, 1938, she witnessed Crystalnacht, The Night of the Broken Glass. My mother has vivid memories of the Torah scrolls burning in the town square below her window. The next morning she was whisked off to live with a gentile family in the country. She was there for two and a half years until she crossed herself wrong in church one Sunday. People noticed and started yelling in German, she is a Jew! She was then shipped off to a concentration camp. She was liberated in May 1945. Her mother found her through the Red Cross in July in...

Yom Hashoah – 2015 – Still Here and in Strength

  Even Kottel ז״ל, was the photographer. He loved this picture. He posted it on his website and Facebook. He considered this an Aliya Moment, 3 generations living in Israel. My father, Eugene Jaskovitch Jason ז״ל, 87, a Surviver, his son-in-law, Ron and our 6 sons. Success!!! Yom Hashoah is a difficult day. The days after Pesach is a build up to Yom Hashoah. The day before the music changes on the radio. As the sun sets, stores, restaurants and cinemas close. The Day of Mourning has begun. Even most of the TV channels shut down. The channels that remain are filled with testimonies, pictures and movies on the Shoah. Have I mentioned how much I love this country? Only a billion times. Even on a reflective day like Yom Hashoah, I close my eyes and feel blessed...