Ben Lesser and Rainer Höss in Paris

Another incredible meeting, this time in Paris ....

Ben Lesser began his speech in the Memorial de la Shoa with how the contact and meanwhile a close friendship between the two of us developed. Ben: "In 2014 I read an article and the name "Höß" in the newspaper "the Wallstreet Journal", a shiver ran through me, memories came back, but I let on and was very touched by the work of the grandson of my tormentor in Auschwitz, Rainer's grandfather the commander of Auschwitz-Rudolf Höß.
I had to have contact with this young man and asked my daughter Gail to take care of it quickly, a few days later we talked on the phone for the first time, meeting after meeting followed... They see the result of this close friendship "live" here today ....
There were very many descendants of victims in the Memorial de la Shoa, some of whom could not control their emotions at this extraordinary event, for which, like Ben Lesser, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks once again to the responsible persons Mrs. Livia Parnes and Mr. Bruno Boyer for the invitation to the Memorial de la Shoa in Paris... After this event we continued in Colombes, a suburb of Paris. An incredibly committed teacher lives there, Mr Philippe Belleuvre.
There we were invited warmly welcomed on a Saturday, with a bright blue sky and sunny weather, where one normally does something other than deal with the Holocaust. You don't see that often! Mr. Belleuvre even brought a piece of the Berlin Wall to Colombes with his students... This man is a great example how one can and should learn with history and from history also in today's time. The hall of the Colombes School was filled, the enthusiasm great. Some pupils brought their parents and grandparents with them.

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Vicki B.
5 months ago

II don't believe that, at this time, I could become friends with anyone in Osama bin Laden's family. I've thought about it since I've seen articles like this one, wondering if I could do it. (Osama bin Laden killed my loved one & 2,976 others on Sep-11, 2001.)
I even watched a video, made by the son of a terrorist, whose father planned the first World Trade Center bombing, because I wanted to make myself be able to be a saint about tolerance and forgiveness of the actually persons who committed the crime. Unfortunately, I'm not alt tolerance or forgiveness.
I wanted to be okay with the son & it almost happened, but I kept failing because we're still waiting to have the trial for the accomplices to our crime. Eighteen years later & Eric and the 2,976 other victims still haven't received even a tiny bit of justice, whatever that is. I don't know what justice is but waiting 18 years for the trial doesn't feel like it.
That's why I think it's absolutely not ridiculous to be trying Nazi accomplices in court 74 years after it happened. When someone you loved is murdered, the grief effects last a lifetime.
Spiegel Tage, the German newspaper that have covered some of the trials, were interviewing (all young) people about what they think of it, and all of them were saying they find it ridiculous.
I thought, ask a person who's a lot older than their 20's; I bet they don't find it a waste of time. My fiancé, who's 36, thought it was a good idea to have them tried for their part in it, but his Opa's disabled brother was "euthanized" in 1934. He feels strong emotions about what happened then.