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Page4 POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 21,2014 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF'MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani CHAMBER HOLDS GREA.T NETWORKING NITE Dave Modica, Rep. Carlo Basile and Ralph Santarpio. Last week over at the Ecco Martini Bar, the East Boston Chamber of Commerce held its first networking night of the year and the place was packed with plenty of net- working all over the place. ANOTHER PARADE COMING UP SOON The 20th annual Greek Independence Day Parade will take place on Sunday, April 6th starting a I:00 pm from Boylston Street to Charles Street. The parade and celebration commemorates March 25, 1821 Greek Independence Day. Following the parade, you will be able to celeb, rate with Greek music, dancing and food at the Boston Common. NORTH END SENIORS A GOOD BET Once again, the North End Seniors Group over at the Nazzaro Center are putting together another trip down to Foxwoods on May 7% The bus will leave from the Prado at 7:00 am and leave Foxwoods around 5:00 pro. For more information, contact Ida DiPasquale at 617-635-5166. HILLARY EVENT PLANNED FOR APRIL A fundraising event t(o drum up support for Hillary Clinton in 2016 for president will be held in Boston at the Union Club of Boston on March 24th. The "Ready for Hillary" folks announced that former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will be attending. Campaign '16 is off and running. WEST END MUSEUM TO HONOR RAY FLYNN The West End Museum wil be hosting its inaugural Irish Heritage Month celebration on Monday, March 31st start- ing at 6:30 pm, honoring former Boston Mayor Ray- mond L. Flynn. That night, the museum will also be hon- oring Martin Lomasney and Dan Welton. The West End once was home to a large Irish immigrant population. Duane Lucia, museum president said, "As guard- ians of the history and cul- ture of the West End, it is imperative that we formally The East Boston High recognize and honor the legacy of Irish immigrants to the neighborhood." By the way, Martin Lomas- ney, born in Ireland arrived in Boston after his parents fled the Irish Famine. He ended up a political legend and was the ward boss for all the West End immigrants from 1885 until his death in 1933. David Welton eventu- ally became a Boston mayor but started off in the West End registering new voters. For more information on this event, contact Matt Ellis at matt@ellisstrategies.com. TASTE OF SOUTHIE The 12th annual Taste of South Boston will take place on Sunday, March 30~ start- ing at 6:00 pm at the Sea- port Hotel. Taste the culi- nary specialties from over 30 of South Boston's best chefs. For more information, go to tasteofsouthboston.com. LEVEL 1 ABUSERS SHOULD BE MADE PUBLIC There is a piece of leg- islation that would publi- cize Level 1 offenders but it remains stalled in the Legislature's Judiciary Com- mittee which has just appointed two new chair- men. Please contact your reps and senators on this measure. We don't need any more excuses. I agree totally with Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith, we don't need another "John Burbine situ- ation." ~e need this new legislation to get reported out of committee and sent to the floor. HOW MASSIVE DISPLACEMENT HURTS PEOPLE The West End Museum will be holding a panel discus- sion on community displace- ment on Tuesday, April 8th starting at 6:30 pm atthe museum. For more details call, 617-416-0718. What was the psychological toll on West Enders and the School Parents Council. former South End residents of the New York Streets that watched their neighbor- hoods snatched from them in the name of urban renewal? Find out these and other interesting facts April 8th. SACRED HEART EASTER BAZAAR The Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston will be hold- ing its Easter Bazaar on Sat- urday, April 12th starting at noon. IRISH NEED NOT APPLY No Irish Need Apply: A His- tory of the Irish in Boston will take place on Sunday, March 23rd at 2:00 pm at the William Clapp House on Boston Street in Dorchester. For more information, call 617.265.7802 or visit www. dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org. LUAU TIME AT SACRED HEART Don't forget the Luau planned for Sacred Heart Church Hall in Eastie on Saturday, March 22"d start- ing at 6:00 pro. Diimer to be served at 7:00 pro, a great Chinese buffet. Stop by the rectory for more info. ANNUAL COMEDY NIGHT FOR SOCIAL CENTER The East Boston Social Centers will be hosting their annual Comedy Night fund- raiser on April 10th begin- ning at 6:30 pm on Route 1 at Prince Pizza in Saugus. For more details call Marisa at 61'7-569-3221, ext 19. "YOU MADE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING" FUNDRAISER AT E.B. YACHT CLUB On Friday, March 14th, I was over at the East Boston Yacht Club, known to locals as the Irish yacht club for a '70s night dinner/dance put on by the East Boston High School Parents Council. Everyone came for great food, great music and a great time and no one left unhappy. All proceeds went toward schol- arships for the Class of 2014. St. Francis Donation Cans in North End Stores The North End Friends of St. Francis House would like to say thank you to the following businesses that have once again let us put donation cans for our Annual St. Francis Homeless Shelter Fundraiser. The busi- nesses are as follows: My Cousins Place, Green Cross Pharmacy, Mangia Mangia, Polcari's Coffee, Going Banana's and True Value Hardware. We are truly grateful to these businesses for helping us raise much needed funds for the St. Francis Homeless Shelter. If you are in those stores, why not drop your change in the can to help the homeless. L 'Anno Bello. A Year in Italian Folklore WILL RETURN NEXT WEEK ... by Sal Giarratani jf The "'Night" the World Refused to See "My life had been turned into .one long night, seven times cursed, seven times sealed ... Never shall I forget ... Never." -- ELIE WIESEL Several years ago I had an opportunity to see Elie Wiesel in person but was unable to attend his lecture over at Boston University. A friend of mine went and her whole outlook on the horror of the Holocaust and of the evil that humanity will allow changed. She was saddened and hor-, rifled by how the world could have allowed such evil to operate without stopping it until the Allied forces liber- ated the death camps in 1945 at war's end. My father, a pa.rt of the Greatest Generation like all Americans, could not believe his eyes as those newsreels started showing those lib- erations. A few years ago, I remember watching some- thing on public broadcasting about World War II and the Holocaust and could actually feel the ugliness of it all. I find it easy to see how Americans and the entire world were shocked at the full scope of the torture in those death camps and of man's inhumanity to him- self. However, world leaders including our own had to have known of the human ovens and all that the, Nazis were doing to destroy a whole people off the face of the Earth. Like many other baby boomers, I knew of Elie Wiesel and knew of all that he was an eyewitness to as a teen who survived Auschwitz with his life a fate unknown to millions of Jew- ish people. In school, "The Diary of Anne Frank" was required reading but it wasn't until a few weeks ago, I came upon Wiesel's "Night." a paperback most painful for me to read. I wondered why it has never been required reading for American stu- dents. I couldn't put it down after starting it and the more I read, the more pain 'I felt and the more I read on. 1 started feeling soiled that human beings could do such evil to other human beings. "Night" showed evil at its absolute. Elie Wiesel's experiences shared are a blessing. We all need to see evil for what it was: is and shall continue to be. When asked, Wiesel's refrain was that it can al- ways happen ,again because evil seemingly remains in- side all of us to some degree. Hitler was evil and he ruth- lessly sought to exterminate a whole race of people treat- ing them like cockroaches. With hindsight, it was im- mediately clear that it was Nazi Germany that was act- ing far less than human and it was those held hostage in the death camps who were truly human. Many of them didn't survive until libera- tion day but none of them were victims and. all of them were victims. Being a sur- vivor sounds better than calling oneself a victim. However, as much as Wiesel and all who survived the human ovens, all were vic- timized by a nightmare that would never end. As Robert McAfee Brown wrote in the preface to the 25th anniversary edition of "Night .... In "Night" we learn the geography of 'the valley ol~ the shadow of death,' about which the psalmist wrote: save that this was a valley in which People fear(ed) evil, for it was a valley in which the shadow of death took on substance ... six million times ... Elie Wiesel whose deliverance condemned him to tell his story to an unbe- lieving world." Wiesel's role in the '50s, '60s and '70s especially was" to constantly remind all who had lived through the War Years and their children, myself included, that unless we address this horrible bru- tality of the 20~ century, we could always fall prey to it. over and over again. Wiesel won the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize and truly earned it. He became the conscience of humanity. A~n example of the brutality heaped on innocent people. He wit- nessed death over and over during those years as a youth in those death camps. His deliverance from those camps condemned him to tell his story to a too often unbelieving world. "Night" was written to warn the living. I felt condemned to finish this horror story if only to feel the pain and anguish so many were sentenced to. The imagery of being stripped naked and treated as animals by guards who while fully clothed were themselves made naked of their humanity. Wiesel was tattooed with the number A-7713, but he never allowed himself to become a mere number and reniained a human being as did all who perished and all who survived. In my younger days. I met a survivor of those death camps. He showed me his number, for- ever implanted into his skin and said he would never al- low himself to forget what happened to him, his family and millions of others who died because they were Jews. I always wotldered about that anger he could not hide and wondered why. After reading "Night" I instead asked myself, how could he not carry anger and resentment, not only for his torturers, but for all those who were blind and refused to see? Elie Wiesel's story is the story of my old friend Sidney and so many others who while made naked were never stripped of their humanity.