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letters | remembering the country’s veterans

A memorial to Holocaust’s horrors, generation’s heroism

I was struck by Monday’s front-page story about a Veterans Day ceremony at the State House that united Holocaust survivor Stephan Ross with the family of the American soldier who had embraced Ross upon his liberation from Dachau in April 1945 (“Enduring gratitude for a soldier’s compassion,” Nov. 12). It reminded me of the op-ed piece that Ross, the founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial, wrote on April 19, 2001 — Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Ross wrote in disturbing detail of the horrors he experienced in the Nazi death camps, but he ended on a moving and uplifting note, describing the moment the soldier hugged him and handed him a handkerchief to dry his tears — a handkerchief that he discovered was a small American flag.

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