Again, I am reminded of this passage from Shoah survivor Elie Wiesel’s spellbinding book Souls on Fire: Portraits and Legends of Hasidic Masters:
‘What cannot help but astound us is that the Hasidim remained the Hasidim inside the ghetto walls, inside the death camps. In the shadow of the executioner, they celebrated life. Startled Germans whispered to each other of Jews dancing in the cattle cars rolling towards Birkenau; Hasidim ushering in Simchat Torah. And there were those who in Block 57 at Auschwitz tried to make me join in their fervent singing. Were these miracles?’
Haunting, inspiring and astonishing.
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