Yesterday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. I spent it reading Behind the fireplace: Memoirs of a girl working in the Dutch Resistance, by Andrew Scott and Grietje Okma Scott.
Grietje, who died a year ago, on January 4, 2016, at the age of 93, was just a young woman when she joined the Dutch Resistance against the Nazi occupation of her country. Through her story, we see the difference that one person can make in the lives of others, the course of a war, and the fate of a nation, as well as the web of social connections that supported her brave actions. Her story also serves to remind us of a theme that runs through human history: where there is oppression, there will also be resistance.