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ALEXANDER KIMEL - HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR
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A SELECTION FROM OUR E-MAIL

by Alexander Kimel
OUR PRESS COVERAGE

From the Boca-Delray Jewish Times. October 18, 1996.

SPINNING A HOLOCAUST STORY

The Internet gives 20 million people a chance to have their say on a planetary scale.

Alexander Kimel, a 70-year old Holocaust survivor, is using the Web to convey the results of a lifetime of trying to understand the causes and consequences of the events he witnessed.

His "Holocaust Understanding and Prevention," site opens with a prayer for the "children, mothers, elders, and fighters of the Holocaust," and an autobiographical sketch that clearly establishes his credentials.

You can then select chapters of his unpublished book: an essay on the victims; chapters on rescuers, resisters and the silence of the churches; an evocative description of the "Holocaust Syndrome" that led to the docile response of so many victims.

And there's poetry by survivors, and more musing by Mr. Kimel himself: "Sometimes, I don't believe my own stories," he wrote. "Did it really happen to me?"

This is no academic analysis; every point is underlined by Mr. Kile's own remarkable story, and his desire to make a single point.

" I believe the Holocaust is grossly misunderstood," he wrote in an e-mail interview. "We are analyzing the symptoms and the virus. We are concerned with the deniers and not with the lessons of the Holocaust. "I believe that the Holocaust is a warning to mankind that hatred is destructive, violence contagious."

The Web project began early this year, when his daughter introduced him to the Internet.

"I do all the work myself, without help or subsidy." he said. "I run a one-man show; I am a firm believer in the unlimited capacity of the human mind."

That doesn't mean that Mr. Kimel's Web presentations is amateurish. In fact, it si slicker and more efficiently designed that many sites put together by Internet professionals. And his passion gives it a special power.

SELECTED E-MAIL

Geoffrey A. Shuebrook wrote:
Hello. As I read this page I got a lump in my throat. Some of those stories are so moving. I must admit though the page has a few spelling errors and I think that you might have left some words out. Can you please tell me where you found these stories?

Sincerely,

Sasha Shuebrook -gashue@ix.netcom.com

Rodney W. Clowdus wrote:

I find a place in my heart to express my love for the courage of the Jewish race to rebuild after such an horrible holocaust. I know the flames of social justice will forever burn within the hearts of a chosen people.

Thanks for a wonderful web site.

Rodney W. Clowdus

2786 Mt. Olive Rd

John Pearson <JWPEARS@gnn.com>

John Pearson wrote:

Sir,

My wife is an English Teacher in San Antonio, Texas. We recently purchased a computer and are up "surfing the web" for our first time. She and I are both very interested in learning more about the Holocaust and Sylvia actually incorporates the subject matter in her classroom. The children are very interested in the subject, while at the same time being horrified by the actual events. We are printing copies of your web site for Sylvia's use in her lesson plans. We will be visiting your web site frequently in the future. Please believe there are many of us who watch current events in horror (Yugoslavia, Africa, South America, etc.) and can not believe we are as a people have not yet learned from the past. Your web site and information will hopefully advise people of the worst they can be so one day we can all be the best we can be! Keep the faith and you and the others remain in our prayers.

John and Sylvia

"C. Anderson" <cboomx2@ix.netcom.com>

C. Anderson wrote:
Wanted to express my appreciation for your Web page related to the Holocaust. As an American in my early 30's with no familial ties to anyone who experienced this carnage, I have been lately very drawn to learn more about it and especially why nothing was done to stop it. We were taught in school that this Holocaust was an awful, onetime event in the history of mankind and it was implied that nothing like this could ever happen again -- but I ask myself what's really going on in Bosnia today? Is it not genocide going on right in the middle of modern society with the golfing, shopping, jobs, going on trips, all the mundane, normal activities and, BIZARRE, that at the same moment I may be buying a new pair of shoes, some psycho group of people is trying to annihilate another group of people on the same globe. Anyway, these are immature thoughts and feelings from someone who can only look on with horror but never really know -- but I don't want to be one who forgets either. Thanks again, Cyndy Anderson.

Jewels <wessl001@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

Jewels wrote:

To whomever created the holocaust home page:

I had a report on the Holocaust to do, and I found your pages through AltaVista..They had so much great information, I just wanted to thank you...One suggestion: Maybe add a biography of Alexander Kimel...You have many of his wonderful works, a little background would be helpful. Thank you!

MaureenTch@aol.com

MaureenTch@aol.com wrote:

I teach a unit on the Holocaust to middle school students. They are fascinated, shocked, interested, and willing to learn. Help me to give them more information that is age appropriate and not titillating.

Bonnie Blackwell <bblackwe@ideanet.doe.state.in.us>

Bonnie Blackwell wrote:

I really liked your home page. As someone who has spent the last 25 years studing about the Holocaust, I think it is the best thing I have read. I am non-practicing Catholic and it is sad to hear that people will do so much to each other. Man's inhumanity to man is something we all need to address and look out for. I do not think that God would really want us to do the things we do it each other.

I am happy to see that you are putting your thoughts and feelings on the Net. I also hope that by reading of your experiences people will realize what they need to do for their fellow man.

May you have a much longer and happier life you have earned every minute of it.

Thank you again from a fellow human being.

Bonnie Blackwell

philip kawior <Philkavi@gnn.com>

philip kawior wrote:

THANKS FOR A FINE DEED. TONIGHT I WILL PASS IT ON TO MY CHILDREN.

KEEP IT UP YOU CAN NOT IMAGINE ITS IMPORTANCE.

SCK22681@aol.com

SCK22681@aol.com wrote:

Hello,

I will start by saying how inspired i am by your page. It is good to know that there are people who care and and care about making others care. I am one who is deeply interested about the holocaust. I recently received an award for 2nd place in a holocaust essay contest along with a holocaust project award for the 1996 National History Day: regional Contest. I am now searching for a topic for the 1997 History Fair. The theme for next year is "Triumph and Tragedy in History" Because of my holocaust interest I would ike to find a topic, within the holocaust, that fits this theme. I would greatly appciate your assistance on my topic quest. I start now, in the summer, because the I am assured will be hectic enough. Therefor if you have any ideas, the more obscure the better, I would love to hear them. Thank you for your assistance

Rebecca Kamm wrote:

to dear kimel,

hello I am a 14 yr old girl living in auckland, newzealand. Over half my family is Jewish, my grandparents fled from Poland and survived. I would just like to say that I found your short stories deeply touching, even though the despair and irony they show is so frustrating.

Thank you for your collection.

with love, Rebecca Kamm.

Washington@mail.cedar-rapids.k12.ia.us

Tech Comm wrote:

I just read these prayers and it brought much sorrow to my heart. I realize that there is nothing we can do now, but pray and remember all the innocent ones the way they were before there death.

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