We Were the Lucky Ones on Hulu reminds us to talk to our elders while we can. (Part-2)

Fox recommends asking Holocaust survivors and former military personnel open-ended inquiries. I would start by stating, ‘I know you were in Europe during the Second World War. What was that like? “If you don't mind, start from when you first noticed what was happening around you.”  

Like Hunter, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, who plays oldest sibling Genek Kurc, says anyone can research, even if their family are dead. He said, “It’s not always a question of listening.” “There are diaries and photos in attics with stories in everyone's family that someone might not know.”  

Sam Woolf says playing Halina's lover and ultimately husband on the show made him examine his past. “I’ve had so many more conversations with my mother since,” he remarked. The British actor obtained his birth certificate in a nearby town where his grandfather was born while filming in Poland. It inspired Woolf to honor his Polish background.  

Now I’m applying for Polish citizenship,” he stated. I had to piece together knowledge I never had because you don't always ask and sometimes it's too late. All my grandparents died when I was 13 or 14. Could have asked. Never get that chance again.”  

The Claims Conference, situated in New York, estimated earlier this year that 245,000 survivors live in over 90 countries. Robin Weigert plays Kurc family matriarch Nechuma, who admits her remorse over Holocaust survivors dying.  

My family has Holocaust stories I will never know. My grandfather had relations. Their names are unknown. My father probably never heard of them. I regret every discussion I skipped, she said. Holocaust survivors' testimonies will be used to educate against antisemitism worldwide, the Claims Conference announced this week.  

Hadas Yaron, who plays Mila, Selim's wife, said, “There's a difference between reading something in a history book or on Wikipedia, and talking to a human being that actually went through (the Holocaust). Fox recommends purging artifacts appropriately and keeping a record of family history even if you're not interested in it or don't like clutter.  

Keep it family. Examine it further. Share it with family. I think building a culture inside your lineage over multiple generations is more significant. There's always the chance that a generation or two from now, someone would appreciate or want to know more.  

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