Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Some things are coming to a close.
A few years ago, as I concluded my ministry, I became aware of how many World War II veterans I had buried.
Recently on KOMU, the local TV station just down the road from us, Sarah Hill has done pieces on The Honor Flight, air flights to take aging veterans to see the WWII memorial in Washington DC. Sarah became involved in this to honor the memory of her grandfather who served in WWII.
Today I ordered a copy of Bill Tammeus' and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn's They Were Just People, the personal accounts of a few of the survivors of the Holocaust. If they are not preserved, those stories too will soon be lost.
I haven't read the book, but I have read much of what Tammeus has written over the years, both in his role as the religion columnist for The Kansas City Star and, now that he is retired, on his blog. Bill is a compassionate Christian who wants to help preserve the story of the Holocaust.
Today's entry on my blog is off topic. It does not have to do with mystery fiction, except that maybe it has to do with one of the greatest mysteries of all, the capacity of human beings for unbounded evil and unbounded good.
I just ordered the book. I haven't read it yet, but I have to believe this book will tell stories about both parts of human nature.