This Holocaust Survivor’s Story About Roast Beef Is Giving People Hope For The Future

Twitter is usually such a virulent hellscape of argument, division, and hostility, that it can be easy to forget it serves as a platform for the positive and inspirational, as well.

It’s sort of fitting then that Twitter user Stephen Black— who shared his grandfather’s heart-wrenching Holocaust survival story in a now-viral thread— has a bio which reads, “Twitter is a great place to learn stuff. It’s a terrible place for so many other reasons. Always trying to see the positive.”

Black kicks off his thread with a picture of his grandfather Murray Goldfinger, his concentration camp tattoo prominent on his forearm.

He writes how he has taken it upon himself to share his grandfather’s miraculous Holocaust survival story now that his health is failing, especially on Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The roast beef was probably meant to incite a fight between the starving prisoners for the Nazis’ entertainment, but they were too exhausted to do even that.

Black writes that his own existence was made possible by that piece of flying roast beef.

Black writes how the Holocaust relied on the inaction of the entire world as a select group of humans was “othered” and scapegoated.

He praises the activism of today’s young people, warning against the dangers of allowing history to repeat itself.

Black’s thread comes at an especially relevant time; A recent study found that most Americans don’t have basic knowledge about what actually happened during the Holocaust, and that most millennials have never heard of Auschwitz.

But it is also timely considering the current generation’s fight for gun legislation and their refusal to let the most recent school shooting massacre disappear from the media cycle as incidents like that so often do.

Many on Twitter thanked Stephen for sharing his grandfather’s story and stressed the importance of #NeverForget as a blueprint from which to learn from.

Others were inspired by the way Stephen used the #NeverAgain hashtag to keep his grandfather’s story so vividly alive.

One user made an especially good point: Past cultures used to have bards who kept stories alive through oral histories— maybe we can use Twitter in this same manner.

We must preach acceptance and spread love, and we must never, ever allow the horrors of the past to repeat themselves.