Saturday, June 07, 2014
Brian Williams -- A Journey to Normandy -- A Letter to NBC
Kudos to Brian Williams and NBC for presenting such a moving tribute of "Brian Williams: A Journey to Normandy" about that amazing day on the 6th of June 1944, D-Day, when the Allied invasion of Europe by land, sea and air occurred turning the course of WWII, crushing the Nazi war machine and its bestial occupation of Europe. I send a special love to those men in their 90's now who traveled to beaches of Normandy, France where D-Day occurred for its 70th commemoration. These few men gave so much and so many gave everything.
It is conceivable to me if those men of D-Day were not successful I, a Jew, might not be writing this today as the Hitlerian regime tried mightily to eradicate all Jews and other "undesirables" from the face of Europe and most probably, if they were victorious, from the entire world. The world would have looked much different today had the Nazis won. In all according to Wikipedia 60 MILLION to 85,000,000 MILLION were killed in the monstrosity of WWII.
This was, indeed, our nation's moment of glory, our moment in the sun, the Churchillian finest hour, that gave truth to who we were and who we should be as a people. We were in it together then no questions asked. Many who never held a gun did so with those who always had. Truly, it was the biggest war for which most here felt they had to sacrifice whether abroad or at home.
I am writing this in freedom today and it is, in very large part, because of our D-Day heroes. Thank you, NBC, for broadcasting a wonderful show, thank you to Brian Williams who narrated it so professionally, thank you to Tom Brokaw for writing about it coining the words "Greatest Generation" and most of all thank you to those men who, in their most elderly years of 90 plus, traveled to Normandy, France to commemorate the 70'th anniversary of D-Day the historical event in which they, as youths, participated. Those on whom the show focused were men of substance, gentility, purpose and patriotic passion. Who could thank adequately so few for giving so much?
Oscar Shindler, the German industrialist who saved Jews memorialized in Stephen Spielberg's "Schindler's List" iterated the most profound Talmudic words "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire." These men did no less than that!