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    NMOTC Holds Holocaust Remembrance

    NMOTC Holds Holocaust Remembrance

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Lieberknecht | 180410-N-AO823-042 PENSACOLA, Fla. (April 10, 2018) – Capt. John Wyland, Senior...... read more read more

    The Diversity Committee at Navy Medicine Operational Training Center (NMOTC) began a three-day Holocaust remembrance April 10.

    Sailors of the committee used the conference rooms at NMOTC and Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) to display a “mini-museum” of stories and photos from the Holocaust.

    Setting the mood with a candle-lit space for Sailors to walk through on their own time, the display encouraged reflection on the past.

    “For me, it was a chance to remember how horrific human hatred can be, how resilient humans are, and that brave people must always stand together to fight back the monsters,” said Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Timothy Perkett, NMOTC senior enlisted leader.

    The sounds of Holocaust survivors’ testimonies being played on TV screens leaked into the hallway to catch the attention of passersby, giving some Sailors new insights.

    “There was a story on the videos about a mother being separated from her baby that really blew me away,” said Hospitalman Joshua Soileau. “Trying to picture how human beings can do that to each other is unimaginable.”

    A few small tangible displays were placed to create a more impactful experience for Sailors. A pile of rings symbolized the vast amount of Jewish jewelry and heirlooms seized by Nazis at concentration camps. A collection of worn shoes represented the inadequate clothes Jews were provided. Cardboard displays were decorated with stories of individuals’ tales of misery to reach Sailors on a personal level.
    While the Holocaust will always be remembered as leaving a dark shadow on human history, some use the memories as motivation.

    “This remembrance gives us time set aside to honor and remember the victims of the Holocaust and their liberators so we never forget the great atrocity of which mankind is capable, and to remember the strength of the human spirit,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Ariea Jackson, NMOTC’s diversity officer.

    NMOTC and NAMI is part of a health care network of Navy medical professionals around the world who provide high-quality health care to more than one million eligible beneficiaries. Navy Medicine personnel deploy with Sailors and Marines worldwide, providing critical mission support aboard ships, in the air, under the sea, and on the battlefield.



    Date Taken: 04.11.2018
    Date Posted: 04.12.2018 09:59
    Story ID: 272775
    Location: PENSACOLA, FL, US 

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