How My #LGG2 is Helping Me Preserve My Family Legacy

we remember themThis is a sponsored post, thanks to The Online Mom.

I will forever remember 2013 as the year in which the last of my Holocaust refugee and survivor family members passed on.  I have such a yearning to effectively piece together all of the rich history I have collected over the years from my late cousin and many other relatives: photos, oral history, letters of correspondence during the WWII, first-hand stories, audio interviews, etc.  Thank goodness for modern day technology to help me through this not only arduous, but mind-blowing and emotionally intense experience – particularly as of late.

To pull this rich history together to the extent that I know I will be able to, I will likely need years to do so, as I am compelled to keep the memory alive of my heroic ancestors, whose legacy will live on forever.

birds in town squareAs new photos and documents surface, I become less interested in the fancy apps and distracting games out there and so very grateful to be able to just whip out my camera and have such a convenient and effective means of taking a quick snapshot of a photo or document that surfaces.  There are times when I need to immediately return to a relative the new discovery, and to not have to wait for a second-hand copy in the mail or a photocopy is such a huge thing for me!

Likewise, the audio recorder app to capture those observations or conversations that are now going to be second and third-generation oral history has come in so handy, I could just kiss it!  Just recently, I found an historical document that I am having translated by a local professor (I just needed to email a photo and BAM!).  Very convenient!

Let’s just say, this amazing LGG2 camera has helped me snag quick photos of old portraits, written documents and thoughts (audio) in just seconds, and the quality of photos is beyond anything I have ever experienced.  I will soon share more breathtaking discoveries that this device helps facilitate me to experience with ease; in the past couple months, though, it has allowed me to take some time to pay tribute to the relatives in my Jewish German bloodline whose lives were either brutally robbed from them or dramatically altered, due to the horrors of the Holocaust.

These people were parents, siblings, children, nieces (and so on) of my grandparents and their generation, many of whom I have only gotten to know through stories, as their lives were taken far too soon!

three sisters

I used family photos saved on my phone and the app, Video Editor, for a cathartic exercise that helped me me express that we must never forget the legacy of our ancestors and the sacrifices they made for themselves and their families.

The legacy of their survival skills, courage and hope that I learn and read about, and in many of their cases, their sad and tragic endings, give me an even greater appreciation for the life I get to live and thrive in every day. Amen to that!

We Remember Them

Vintage Star of David flag

(slight variations in wording depending on copy)

In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We Remember Them.

In the bowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We Remember Them.

In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring.
We Remember Them.

In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We Remember Them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn.
We Remember Them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We Remember Them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We Remember Them.

When we are lost and sick of heart,
We Remember Them.

When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
We Remember Them.

Sp long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us.
We Remember Them.

~From the Jewish Book Of Prayer~

Disclaimer: SDBM received the LG G2 from The Online Mom for review. All opinions expressed here are my own. I can also be found as a contributor (Stacey Ross) at  The Online Mom.com.

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  1. Sara Hawkins says:

    Stacey, I just used my LGG2 to make a montage to share with my family after my grandma’s, z”li, funeral. It was an easy to use device that helped me capture and create quickly. And my daughter read a variation of that poem at my grandma’s funeral. What a blessing to have access to the documents and the ability to preserve them so easily. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the memory of our loved ones be for a blessing.

    • San Diego Bargain Mama says:

      Commonalities we have! Much love to you and yours. Sorry for your loss, too. Hugs, SR

  2. Sending hugs to you. Thank you for sharing these memories for future generations. We must never forget and let everyone know about this part of our history.

    • San Diego Bargain Mama says:

      SOOOOO true. I am starting a journey, here, and am so glad to have as much as I do to work with. That exercise just putting a little youtube together was like no other….and easy to do, too. Best to you and hope to see you online!! :)

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. I too had a grandmother. Wonderful memories.

    • San Diego Bargain Mama says:

      Thank you! One way to keep the memory alive is with their recipes! :) I’ll be you do!

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