Not even the gray clouds could dampen the joy had at the first-ever Intergenerational Picnic, a joint venture between 3GDC and The Generation After of Greater Washington. Gathering around picnic tables laden with potluck offerings, families assembled for food and fun. Games abounded, with little 4Gs toddling from table to table and 2G and 3G participants swapping stories and playing cornhole.
What a wonderful celebration of life to affirm the sacrifices and courage of the Shoah survivors that made our own lives and families possible.It was lost on no one attending the picnic that our assembly of joy was also one of defiance. A few miles away, in downtown DC, purveyors of hatred rallied for bigotry and exclusion. Those who would deny the horrors of history and who would revisit the twisted ideology of the Shoah’s perpetrators tried to bring their dangerous message to the heart of our city and region. But our families, living in the long shadows of what history wrought, answered vile cries with the joyful laughter of children at play. We answered their message of hate with a message of remembrance.
3GDC is committed to fostering community among DC-area descendants of Shoah survivors and was proud to partner with The Generation After of Greater Washington to bring 2Gs, 3Gs, and 4Gs together.
We hope it was the first of many such events that gather our families across generations for many years to come. From generation to generation, we will never forget what our survivors endured; nor will we forget our responsibility to them and to posterity to meet hatred with love.