Selichos, 1939

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3 Responses

  1. L. Oberstein says:

    How many stories and how few writers. For every Avi Shafran, there are many other children of survivors, grandchildren ,even great grandchildren who could have a precious legacy for their progeny if they would record the stories of the survivors, while they are still among us. The time for holding it in, for silence, is long over. By personalizing tales of our forebearers , we make their lives more relevant to our children. There are two divergent streams in Holocaust rememberancem, those who leave Hashem out and those who show His presence even in the worst of places. Which version our children learn and emulate depends on who tells the story. I think the Agudah should have a project where all children have to interview a survivor and then put it on a web site (when that becomes permissible).

  2. Chaim Wolfson says:

    What a small world! My brother-in-law’s grandmother also comes from Ruzhan. She should be about the same age as your father. I must tell her about him; she would WALK to Baltimore to meet a fellow Ruzhaner.
    Chief Rabbi Goren also came from Ruzhan, and my father is also from that neck of the woods.

  3. CJ Srullowitz says:

    It is difficult to believe, lulei demistafina, how dramatically the world has changed in just seventy short years.

    Jews ought to remind themselves every day of the great fortune that God has blessed us with, living as we do in relative freedom and material comfort. We must also recognize that the Nazis did not care whether you were Secular, Modern Orthodox, Chareidi, Chassidish, or somewhere in between – all were locked up together in the synagogues and in the cattle cars.

    We should encourage the same achdus for living, as others did in trying to decimate us.

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