6 Million Dead. 1.5 Million Children Dead. 2/3 of Europe’s Jewish population Dead. The word Holocaust is derived from the Greek word holokauston, meaning sacrifice by fire. It refers to the Nazi persecution and planned slaughter of the Jewish people and others considered inferior. Life within Nazi concentration camps was horrible. Prisoners were forced to do hard physical labor and given little food. Prisoners slept three or more to a crowded wooden bunk; bedding was unheard of. Torture within the concentration camps was common. At a number of concentration camps, Nazi doctors conducted medical experiments on prisoners against their will.

It is important for us today to know how it started. By 1933, there were boycotts of Jewish businesses. Then, laws were passed to remove their citizenship and right to legal marriages. They were banned from public parks, fired from civil service jobs, and forced to register their property. Other laws barred Jewish doctors from treating anyone other than Jewish patients, expelled Jewish children from public schools, and placed severe travel restrictions on Jews. Jewish synagogues were burned, businesses were looted, and Jews were harassed and abused. By 1939, the Nazis ordered Jews to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothing so they could be easily recognized and targeted. Gays and lesbians were similarly targeted and forced to wear pink triangles. They were systematically rounded up and sent to concentration and death camps until 1945 at the end of World War II.

While millions died, many lived. How? How does anyone survive such horror? How did these survivors go on to live productive lives, marry, have children and ultimately forgive? This week, Rabbi Joseph Prass with share with us how these people were about to hold on to hope in the midst of unbelievable horror and then help us apply these learnings to our own lives. Please join us to understand the Jewish Responses to the Holocaust: Resourcefulness, Resistance, Rescue and Resilience and their application then and today.

President Becky

Posted by Becky Stone
October 14, 2018


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