I don't normally care whether people read my links or not, but I would very much like it if as wide an audience as possible saw sovay
's post I was anticipating the total destruction of Polish Jewry
, about visiting an exhibition of photos from the Lodz ghetto. The subject matter is the Holocaust / Shoah.
I don't know my family history as well as Sovay does. All my great-grandparents were in England by 1900, so none of my close relatives were directly involved. I'm in a similar position that I'm pretty sure there are third etc cousins of mine who should exist but don't. The people who should have been their ancestors might be in the photos; there probably were people related to me among those murdered in Poland, no idea if they were in Lodz specifically.
Whichever Nazi it was that claimed 'a million deaths is a statistic', the scale matters in a different way. That is, one person murdered because of who they are is already too many, but once you get into the millions, everybody is affected. Every Jewish person with any European connections at all might, it's probably best to assume they do, have missing relatives. Every part of history since 1930 is marked by that mass murder.
Anyway. I have more to say but I'm not sure I want to say it on a public post, and you're better reading the linked post anyway.