The Author

Welcome to my new blog. I am a Gentile Christian who was not directly effected by the Jewish Holocaust. However, I had relatives who fought valiantly for the Allied cause, including my paternal grandfather. I am forever grateful to Grandpa Doyle and America’s “Greatest Generation” for their bravery in defending freedom. Likewise, I am grateful for the untold masses who were spared execution in Nazi-controlled Europe.

That said, I have dedicated the better part of two years to Holocaust research, devouring every book or video I could check out at the local library. I have subjected my wife to countless hours of documentaries and heated discussions about the unspeakable atrocities we call The Holocaust (or Shoah).  I agree with author David S. Wyman’s conclusion that the Holocaust was not only a Jewish tragedy. “It was also a Christian tragedy, a tragedy for Western civilization, and a tragedy for all humankind” (from Wyman’s Preface to The Abandonment of the Jews, p. xii).

Eva Mozes Kor and Chris Doyle, Jan 2009

Eva Mozes Kor and Chris Doyle, Jan 2009

And in January 2009, I took my wife and two young children to the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute (IN) where we celebrated the 75th birthday of Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor. Eva signed two books for us and was so sweet to my girls. She is a truly remarkable human being, as well as a survivor!

Since my introduction to Eva, thanks to her video Forgiving Dr. Mengele, I have researched The Holocaust with increased vigor, trying to find a way that I might help to ensure that it never happens again. Then, I picked up Abraham Foxman’s book Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism and realized that education is the only means to that end. Therefore, I present this blog as a lasting memorial to the 6-million-plus who suffered and died nearly two generations ago.

Shalom.

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18 Responses to “The Author”

  1. Thank you for visiting my blog. Good luck with yours.

  2. I am an avid Holocaust history bibliophile…collecting books on a constant basis. My collection is my way of remembering, and my legacy to my family.

    I have family who were massacred in the forests of Shilel, Lithuania.

    Have you visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC?

  3. hey, checking you out from your request on the ooze. Looks like an interesting site. I’ll look it over. My comment: Too hard to read for over-50 eyes.

  4. Thanks for the kind words about our class trip. We have gone the past four years and each time I am amazed at the effect seeing these places has on our students. The class kept a daily blog last year, feel free to visit it at http://www.techbostonacademy.org/fhao. Thanks again!

  5. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is a work in progress. I am very interested in looking at other blogs such as yours. It’s about preserving the memories, and keep the stories alive. All the best.

  6. thanks to everyone who has visited and taken the time to post a quick note! i hope the blog continues to hold your interest and communicate facts about the Holocaust from a personal interest angle

  7. bearingwitness Says:

    Hi Indyretreats,

    Thank you so much for your post on our blog at http://www.webearwitness.org. I think your blog and your dedication to Holocaust preservation is part of a critical grassroots movement that has started to preserve this dark part of world (not just Jewish) history. As more survivors pass on, I think that many of us in the younger generations are filled with a sense of urgency to get the last stories, the last impressions, and although we will never be able to get them all, we must build the strongest tapestry we can of first hand accounts. We owe it to the victims, the survivors, and the soldiers who defeated the Nazis!

  8. Hi
    I am deeply moved that you are so affected by the Holocaust. In my case, I am a Jew who follows Yeshua, so for most Jews I am a traitor. But with Shaul (Paul), I ask has God forgotten his people – the apple of his eye? God forbid! as Shaul (Paul) says in Roman 11.1.

    Yet, both the Tanakh (OT) and the New Testament speak much about only a remnant of Jews being preserved (“saved” in Christian language). Your blog is “never again”, which is also the cry of all Jews. My question is this: Is the cry “never again” from God or from man? Most modern Jews do not believe in the Tanakh. According to a strong nucleus of modern Torah Jews – and most Torah Jews of the past – Zionism is of man, not of Zion (God). As you probably know, the pioneer Zionists like Theodor Herzl and Chaim Weizmann were anything but Torah Jews as I pointed out in my blog “onedaringjew” (forgive the advertising, but I pray it is not just vanity on my part).

    Are you familiar with Art Katz – http://www.benisrael.com

  9. Iappreciate your endeavor in establishing this blog which will undoubtedly add to Holocaust history education . May we all hope that dissemination of the Holocaust history will promote tolerance in memory of the Holocaust victims.

  10. this blog was recently nominated as one of Indiana’s Top 50 Blogs, for which i am both honored and grateful…if you would be so kind as to cast your vote in support of that nomination, i’d be equally honored:

    http://top50indianablogs.com/?p=409

  11. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by blog. What you are doing is a good thing; keeping the history alive. Keep on keeping on. Reading your posts give me chill bumps. You are a useful resource. Thanks for putting it all out there.

  12. Hi Chris,

    You commented on my blog about Father Patrick Desbois’s research a couple months ago. I’m sorry for my very delayed reply! Thanks for your comment and for bringing my attention to your blog.

    God bless,
    Sheri

  13. Love your site! Would you be interested in an exchange of links? I can post your site as a link on the page for my Holocaust book, Jacob’s Courage. Please reply to my e-mail address at bottom.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author Jacob’s Courage
    http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com/
    csw1@sev.org

  14. […] Doyle writes the blog Never again, which is devoted to the shoah “destruction, calamity” (the Jewish Holocaust of World War 2). […]

  15. I am writing a blog of the Holcoaust through my parents’ experience.
    My father, Rabbi Dr. Wilhelm Weinberg, survived Berlin prison and Soviet exile and returned to serve the survivors in Austria and Germany. My mother, Irene Weinberg, survived as an Aryan in Lviv and Warsaw.
    I invite you to visit it and let me know if you want me to post you about future updates.

  16. here’s the news video of her 75th birthday from three years ago:
    http://www.wthitv.com/dpp/news/news_wthi_terrehaute_eva_kor_birthday_0201028

  17. […] a happier note, another Auschwitz survivor, Eva Kor, celebrates her 78th birthday on Tuesday. More on that in an upcoming blog, so stay […]

  18. If you like devouring books on the Holocaust, may I recommend the “Jewish Brigade” which I think you might enjoy. It’s about the “only” Jewish Brigade in the Allied Forces and mainly reassured those Jews who were liberated from the concentration camps.

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