In our time, more people than ever across the globe are interconnected by technology in ways unprecedented in human history. The world is now a global village permitting distant continents and nations to exchange ideas and information in a matter of seconds. Unfortunately, a downside is that stories of war, human suffering and atrocities reach us daily, and at a disturbing speed.
Since the end of WW2, we’ve seen the ugly eruption of ethnic cleansing and genocide repeated in Bosnia, Syria, Darfur, Iraq, Rwanda, Burma and the Congo.
For enlightened people with a sense of compassion, the human gaze on such fearful matters are now the eyes of the world. It’s important that somewhere, justice is watching and that witnesses are speaking out. Ensuring that the ideals of freedom and peace remain alive requires constant vigilance.
It’s in this context that the I REMEMBER BRACELET came into being. Bonnie Glogover, daughter of Holocaust survivor and former Auschwitz prisoner, Stanley (Szlamek) Jackson Glogover (1925-2013), conceived of the bracelet to honor her late father and his wartime experiences.
However, the intention of the bracelet is dedicated to all victims and survivors of violent regimes and genocide, past and present. It’s designed to invoke conversations and meaningful dialogue between the wearer and those who look upon it.
The bracelet’s design mirrors the railway tracks at Auschwitz-Birkenau with the words I REMEMBER engraved on the inside with space for the wearer to add the name of a loved one.
The US House of Representatives recently passed the Elie Wiesel Genocide & Atrocities Prevention Act that increase the US government’s power to respond to genocidal crimes globally. A fitting tribute to a Shoah survivor who was literally “Plucked from the flames,” and who was one of the first eye witnesses to write about the Shoah in his famous book, Night.
Elisha Wiesel, son of the Nobel prize-winning author comments, “We are grateful that my father’s life’s mission to call atrocities by their name and tilt the balance toward action will be enshrined in this important piece of legislation.”
Inspired by these words, we invite you to consider the I REMEMBER BRACELET as wearing history on your arm, to raise your voice for those whose cries have been silenced, to bear witness for genocide victims, wherever they may be, and “Tilt the balance toward action.”
Personalizing a name inside the bracelet adds to the power of its title, “I Remember”. The personalized bracelet could honor a wedding day, be given as a graduation gift, celebrate a birth, or for any special event or anniversary. Personalizing the bracelet adds a thoughtful gesture to its beauty and meaning and is a reminder that the presence of a loved one, or a cherished memory, is always with us.
To own an I REMEMBER BRACELET allows us to not only touch history but to perpetuate memory and make our love useful through deep meaning and witnessing. The bracelet is a story-telling device rendered exquisitely in precious metals. What memories will you celebrate and share when wearing it?
The I Remember & Company LLC, a jewelry venture first created in New York City in 2019, are engaged in supporting the human rights initiatives of USC Shoah Foundation. A percentage of every purchase from the I REMEMBER Bracelet Collection will be donated to USC Shoah Foundation.