This summer we are enjoying Ithaca and our travels are experienced vicariously through the sojourns of others.
My sister was in Sicily and visited a WWII cemetery, This cemetery is the resting place of her husband’s grandfather who lost his life in the invasion of Sicily, a key battle in the liberation of Italy. July in 1943 was a very different July to the tranquility of our July in 2013.
My sister kindly gave me permission to share her photographs here.
The vast majority of graves are marked by a cross interspersed with the graves of Jewish soldiers who fought in the allied armies. The inscriptions on the graves are heartbreaking, she told me about one that read: “Dear G-d, you will tell us one day why you broke our hearts when you took him away”. Another reminder of the tragic cost of war and the depth of gratitude we owe to these incredible sacrifices.
Z”L May their memory be a source of blessing and inspiration.