Small Mir­a­cles of the Holo­caust: Extra­or­di­nary Coin­ci­dences of Faith, Hope, and Survival

Yit­ta Hal­ber­stam & Judith Leventhal
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By – January 10, 2012
The authors combed Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foun­da­tion record­ings and oth­er archives and col­lect­ed more than fifty nar­row escapes, reunions, love sto­ries, and near mirac­u­lous turns of fate that explain how some peo­ple sur­vived the Shoah. One of the most mem­o­rable, My Betray­er, My Sav­ior,” is about a mur­dered moth­er vis­it­ing her son in his dreams, telling him how to escape, and then vis­it­ing his jail­er, who had turned him in and is now wait­ing to help him in the for­est. There is also a new sto­ry, Right­eous Among the Nations,” about the Sug­i­ha­ras’ vis­it to a Jew­ish fam­i­ly dur­ing Hanukkah. (He was the Japan­ese Con­sul who sup­plied visas to the Jews of Lithua­nia.) 

Good Morn­ing Herr Mueller” shows the spark of human­i­ty that some­times still flickers. 

Not all the sto­ries are of the same cal­iber, but all are points of light in a mael­strom of dark­ness. The telling is straight­for­ward, but tales like these don’t need inven­tive writing.
Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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