Mary Lee Webeck – Thursday – Day 6
When you travel, especially on a Holocaust study trip, the days seem to run together. We joke with each other about what day it is. What day of the week, what day of the trip, what date (?). This makes sense to me-because of what we are doing. Today is day 6. I check my calendar and it is March 18. Today we will see Sachsenhausen and Ravensbruck. Naomi, I will be thinking of you with each step. Tonight, although I am not Jewish, I will attend Shabbat with our group.
There are so many people to thank. Let’s start with the dogged and inspired insistence of several of the people on the trip that despite economic struggles, we go forward (pat yourself on the back – Jerry, Ron, Madeline). Thanks to Susan for agreeing that this trip must happen. Thanks to Mitzi for her wisdom. Thanks to Elena for pulling us through. Thanks to Thomas for his daily guidance and to Nano for his excellent driving and his very personal journey of inquiry and reflection. I have learned so much. I will learn more today. Thanks to German Consul General Roland Hermann for sending me to Germany this summer and expanding what I understand. Thanks to Dr. Wolf Kaiser at the House of the Wannsee Conference for engaging in such thoughtful discussions about the challenges and possibilities of our work. Thanks to the people who are helping us all along the way and to the wonderful guides we’ve had. Thanks to each and every one of our travelers (Jerry, Ron, Madeline, Bryan, Hy, Lynn, Mary Ann, Susan B., Susan L., Gary, Barbara, Emily, Rhonda, Ilene, Brad, Suzanne and me). Individually, we speak and question and respond. Together we create a medley of inquiry. We talk, we experience sorrow (trauern) and we laugh. We have fun together. As we attend to what we learn, we support each other, forming a new kind of “family” that gives meaning to what we are experiencing. It is necessary to enjoy each other as we do.