Monday, November 9, 2009

They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust

"Those people who helped me, I just have no words for it.  Probably saints from God.  How a mother could have the courage, the guts, the inspiration to risk the life of her five children.  Herself maybe.  But five children?"
   Felix Zandman

I have few words about this book.  Not everyone acted out of good motives.  Some took money.  They were poor and they needed it.  Some became involved in hiding Jewish refugees almost by accident, and once involved, they could find no way out.  Some gave their lives for what they chose to do.

One thing the Bible teaches us.  People's stories are sacred.  Given human evil and the providence of God, we relive the Exodus again and again. 

They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust by Bill Tammeus and Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn is more than well worth reading.  It is another chapter in the story of the Exodus.


Corey Wilde said...

What people are truly capable of is always more amazing and inspiring - and sometimes more horrifying - than anything in fiction.

Joe Barone said...

Honestly, I don't think I would have had the guts to do it.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I just heard a story on Sunday Morning about how the Albanians hid many Jews because it was part of their creed-to help, really help those in need. Muslims (at least some of them) helping Jews--if we could get back to that.

Joe Barone said...

If we could indeed!