By Rabbi Brad Hirschfield
Stories of wish from the Holocaust.
Memory is set selection. we will decide to be mindful the previous in ways in which galvanize ache and stir our anger, or we will take into account in ways in which support us create the type of global within which we such a lot are looking to live.
Nowhere is that this selection extra vital than in connection to the Holocaust. and not has it been extra very important than now, simply because we're the first iteration that would stay with no the presence of these who can let us know of their personal phrases what they observed with their very own eyes.
These seventy-one firsthand tales from survivors of the Holocaust educate us to decide on to recollect for all times, for his or her phrases aren't approximately hatred and dying yet approximately ethics, decency, and love.
Although the tales are prepared to accompany the weekly Torah readings and lots of of the Jewish vacations, they're simply as significant whilst learn on their lonesome, in any series. The themes—journey, id, resistance, group, shelter, and righteousness, to call yet a few—are common. And the lessons—about easy methods to reside extra absolutely the existence we're given—shine through.
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44 trehu ’Aharei Mot But my greatest satisfaction was that I was instrumental in getting justice for the greatest Nazi war criminal, Kaltenbrunner, the chief of the Gestapo. Kaltenbrunner denied everything, absolutely everything. He said, Yes I was in the office—I was signing papers, but I never touched a prisoner, I never touched anybody. I was the only prisoner who could say I saw him watching every extermination in the gas chamber. That was my greatest satisfaction. Jerzy B. Sweden 45 trehu Kedoshim Love S o, then the kapos came screaming, Heraus, heraus, heraus—go, go, go, leave everything, you will get it later, you will get it later.
At the moment of liberation, that moment, I felt the whole world was mine. Gabor A. Hungary 48 trehu Be-hukkotai Obligation I was just fifteen years old when World War II broke out. While six million Jews were murdered and millions more endured indescribable suffering, many Europeans chose to remain blind, deaf, and dumb to the plight of their Jewish neighbors. As a nation, we felt abandoned by God and by people. A peasant farmer named Sidor courageously stood up in the face of injustice and changed the world.
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