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ETA - the video is not mine, it's a viral thing floating around the web. It just reminded me of my Oncle, and was important to the anecdote I was relating.

My great uncle survived Dachau, after being sent there for being part of the Belgian Resistance. He loved this song.

Imagine, if you would, a bent and broken sixty six year old man with a disfigured leg and hands, limping heavily and using a cane, dancing awkwardly and painfully to this song, with tears of joy in his eyes.

"I survived," he'd tell me, voice choked with emotion. "For myself, for the friends lost, for the children killed, I will dance. And in dancing, they will be remembered."

Trust me, it sounded way better and more poetic in Flemish.

I was six the first time I saw him dance to this song. I was twelve when he died.

And each time I hear that song, I think of Oncle Jacques. I remember him, his stories, the tales he told of his friends. I think of his promise to always remember.

And then, since he's gone, I remember for him.

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Date: 2010-07-19 05:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] morrigan530.livejournal.com
That is such a sweet and touching story. :') I love it.

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Date: 2010-07-19 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flawed-karma.livejournal.com
Thanks. I loved my Uncle Jack very much. He was amazing. And as horrible as things were, as unspeakable as the acts he witnessed were, he never lost faith in humanity as a whole.

And he vowed until his dying day he would have done it all over again to save the lives he saved and protest the occupation and murders.

He always has been and always will be my hero. I miss him.

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Date: 2010-07-19 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] defyinggravitas.livejournal.com
Metaquoting. I made an LJ just for this you bitch.

~Abby

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Date: 2010-07-19 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flawed-karma.livejournal.com
Wow. I don't think I've ever been quoted before. And you made an LJ, just for me. <3

Mwah, Abs. See in September at the trial. I entered the Babu and the Riverbutt.

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Date: 2010-07-19 06:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] without-me.livejournal.com
Thank you for this. (Here via [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes.)
Edited Date: 2010-07-19 06:52 am (UTC)

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Date: 2010-07-19 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pualaridesagain.livejournal.com
your uncle became my hero too.

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Date: 2010-07-19 08:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shirenomad
Here from Metaquotes. Literally 24 hours ago I was at the Dachau memorial, worried that if I started crying I wouldn't be able to stop.

I'll raise a glass to your uncle today, all the others who survived... and the many more who didn't.

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Date: 2010-07-19 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flawed-karma.livejournal.com
Thank you. Now I'm the one crying. For all the bad things in the world, for all the crap that goes on, the random acts of compassion and kindness I see on LJ give me hope that we'll be okay after all.

Oncle Jacques used to say, "As long as we remember, they are not fully gone."

Thanks for helping keep them (and him) alive.

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Date: 2010-07-19 08:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] skippytoad.livejournal.com
Also here via metaquotes. I think that your uncle's words are just as poetic and beautiful in English. Thanks so much for sharing that video. (My Dad's family is Jewish-American, originally from Russia & Poland, my Mom is German (raised Catholic, later converted), and her dad nearly, but for dumb luck, fought in the German army for the Nazis, even though he and my grandma weren't sympathetic.)

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Date: 2010-07-19 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flawed-karma.livejournal.com
Thank you. I am so incredibly proud of my Oncle and all he accomplished. For all he went through, he was never bitter. Angry, upset, PTSD. But never bitter over what he lost, what he sacrificed to do what he felt was right.

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Date: 2010-07-19 10:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vixenofflames.livejournal.com
Also here via the metaquotes entry. I welled up reading this. Beautiful.

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Date: 2010-07-19 03:01 pm (UTC)

video edit?

Date: 2010-07-19 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] codeamazon.livejournal.com
I'd love to see the video include a prelude that shares the story a bit. It's getting out wild onto the web (I found it through a motorcycling list...yeah, really) and I think the short few statements you have here under it really set the tone for the video. Your editing software could probably pre-cede the video with the short scrolling example. The ending does that a little, but not until you're all the way through...

As my husband said, after I said "read the part below it" "Oh...that changes things. I thought it was a little disrespectful until I read that."

Re: video edit?

Date: 2010-07-19 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flawed-karma.livejournal.com
It's not my video, it's a viral thing going around. The song and dance reminded me, painfully so, of my late Oncle.

It was good to see others feel the same way he does.

There is no disrespect in dancing to celebrate you survived, as long as you remember those that didn't. The video has gotten people discussing the atrocities again, which helps keep the victims alive. We must never forget...that is the ultimate in disrespect.

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