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Photos of Gehinnom

Shlomi Gil

Mendel Grossman’s job was to photograph “thriving life” in the Lodz ghetto for the Judenrat director who preferred to ingratiate himself to the Nazis. But confronting the real story of starvation, suffering, and death, he knew he had a different mission. He didn’t survive, but with his hidden camera, he managed to document the truth for generations.

 

Still Dreaming of Jerusalem

Shlomi Gil

When the Nazi sneered that he’d be dead before ever seeing Jerusalem, Binyamin Werzberger knew that one day against all odds, he would yet stand next to those holy stones of the Kosel. And for the past two decades he’s been in charge of cleaning the world’s most precious wall, outliving his tormenter’s curse and feeling more blessed than ever.

 

Bent, But Never Broken

Mishpacha Contributors

The following essays by children of Holocaust survivors reveal a range of emotions and scenarios, but if there’s a common theme, I think, it’s one of appreciation. It wasn’t always easy growing up in a family full of scars, but despite the hardship, our parents were our heroes. At this time of national loss, it is right to remember the pain, and equally right to savor the strength of a people who will not be broken, with G-d at their side.

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Sounds of Silence
Rabbi Moshe Grylak The Sages and their silences
The Slow Death of Europe
Yonoson Rosenblum What explains Europe’s self-destructive denial?
Time to Tell It Like It Is
Eytan Kobre Speak openly and honestly against evil
Vi Elult’zich?
Rabbi Henoch Plotnick Elul waits for no one
Wild Card
Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman “Welcome your son, even on Shabbos”
Good for You
Faigy Peritzman Friends and family tried to cheer me up. “It wasn’t your...
Unparallel Lives
Sarah Chana Radcliffe What to do when spouses live out of tandem
Dear Girl on the Fridge Magnet
Words Unspoken I could say, “Welcome to real life, honey!” as I notice ...