By Yvonne Johnson, APG NewsApril 27, 2012
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Survivor recalls the Holocaust during APG Days of Remembrance ceremony
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory and Team APG hosted the annual observance of the Holocaust, welcoming students from schools around the community to the annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony at the Post Theater April 26.
Edith M. Cord, a Holocaust survivor, shared the story of how her father and brother were taken by the Nazis during the night to eventually die in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Though she and her mother survived the war it was many years before she could overcome its horrors, Cord said, noting that during the dysfunctional years following the war, she was consumed only with the need to gain an education. At the war's end she was a 17-year-old with a 6th grade education.
Cord is the author of "Becoming Edith: The Education of a Hidden Child" which was published in 2008. A former language professor, she retired from her regular job in 2007 to devote herself to writing and speaking in order to share the life lessons she learned the hard way: how to rise from difficult circumstances, transcend hatred, protect freedom and stand up for values.
APG and CECOM Commander Maj. Gen. Robert Ferrell and Deputy Installation Commander Col. Orlando Ortiz welcomed Ford along with Maj. Gen. Genaro Dellarocco, commander of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command; CECOM Command Sgt. Maj. Kennis Dent and ATEC Command Sgt. Maj. Allen G. Fritzsching. Special guests included students from Joppatowne High School, Bel Air Middle School, the Saint Stephen School in Kingsville, Md., and cadets from the Military Youth Corps Free State ChalleNGe Academy.
Rabbi Gila Ruskin of Temple Adas Shalom in Havre de Grace challenged students to share Cord's story. Ferrell thanked Cord for sharing her story and called her a "living witness and memorial."
"Sometimes we do not think about how costly freedom is," he told her. "We were truly blessed with your presence here today."
View more photos of the event on the APG Flickr site at www.flickr.com/photos/usagapg.