As the Rabbi spoke, the door of the Yeshiva was opened and someone yelled, “The Germans are coming!”… His last words to his students were these, “And do as our holy sages had done – pour forth your words and cast them into letters. This will be the greatest retribution that you can wreak upon these wicked ones. Despite the raging wrath of our foes, the holy souls of your brothers and sisters will remain alive. These evil ones schemed to blot out their names from the face of the earth, but a man cannot destroy letters. For words have wings; they mount up to the heavenly heights and they endure for eternity.” – The Bleeding Sky by Louis Bransdorfer.    

 

And it shall come to pass that in all the land, saith the lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third part shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried. I will say it is my people and they shall say, the Lord is my God.  – Zachariah 13: 8-9         

 

Churchill cast about for whatever means were possible to impede or halt the German atrocities…Churchill drafted a declaration that he then sent to Roosevelt and Stalin…All those responsible for, or having taken consenting part “in atrocities, massacres and executions” were to be sent back to the countries “in which their abominable deeds were done in order that they may be judged and punished according to the laws of those liberated countries.”   

 Churchill’s draft declaration continued: “Let those who have hitherto not imbued their hands with innocent blood beware lest they join the ranks of the guilty, for most assuredly the three allied powers will pursue them to the uttermost ends of the earth, and will deliver them to their accusers in order that justice may be done.” Such a declaration, Churchill believed, would make at least “some of these villains shy of being mixed up in butcheries now that they know they are going to be beat.” – Churchill and the Jews by Martin Gilbert  




“I believe we should put an end right now to all this sniffing out Nazis. Count on it; once we start, who knows where it will all end.” – West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, 1952




“If the Holocaust never happened, then where is my family?” – Leon Reich, survivor




“Our prayer today is for the commemoration of the rising which broke out in the Warsaw ghetto on 19 April 1943. It was directed against the Nazis who entered the ghetto to round up the small remnant of its original 400,000 inhabitants in order to deport them to the gas chambers of Treblinka. Mordechaj Anielewicz took command of some 800 men equipped with home-made guns and explosives smuggled in by the Polish Underground. They continued fighting the Germans equipped with Artillery, tanks and aircraft until the last days of May. On 19 April the Jewish Organizacja Bojowa, the Fighting Organization, issued the following declaration:

      Jews! The hour of deed and revenge against the occupant has struck. All those                               capable of carrying arms must join us. Old people and women must help. To arms!

That day, the Germans, on entering the ghetto were greeted with grenades and handgun fire and had to withdraw after a few hours. They soon responded by blowing up and burning all the buildings, streets and whole districts one after the other. On 23 April the fighters issued another proclamation, which read:

     Amongst the fires, the smoke and the blood of the murdered in the ghetto we send our last        address to the world outside: we may all perish but we shall not surrender. We fight for our        freedom and yours.

T
hey fought in the name of human dignity. In the ghetto Rising 7,000 Jews were killed, 5,000 burnt to death, 15,000 sent to perish in the gas chambers. They gained no military successes and did not live to enjoy the final victory of good over evil – but this first mass act of open resistance against the German occupants and its moral significance are written into Europe’s history.”  SAVED BY MY FACE by Jerzy Lando




 “When people speak about the Holocaust these days, they often say ‘Never forget.’ I certainly agree with them, but before you can pledge to remember something, you have to know it to begin with.” -- Michael Gruenbaum




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