Aug 10, 2011

Sticking It To Hitler

Last week I found the story of one Holocaust survivor who "stuck" it to Hitler by living every day to the fullest, including skydiving at age 85.

Yesterday, I heard another story of someone who stuck it to Hitler, in his own way. Holocaust survivor Binyomin Wertzberger told his story on Kol B'Rama radio.

Wertzberger was a young boy, assigned to work detail shlepping heavy rail ties with his bony hands. When it was meal-time, he joined all the other hungry boys to go get some food and satisfy some of that hunger.

While lining up for his food, the Nazi officer looked at him with disgust and said, "You dream to go to your Jerusalem? Maybe your ashes will get there via the chimneys of the concentration camp."

Eventually, Wertzberger succeeding in surviving the horrors and made his way to Eretz Yisrael, where he got a job in maintenance of the Kotel. Wertzberger said, "I never looked at the watch. Every minute I wanted to give what I could. Every time I cleaned the stones of the Kotel, from where the Shechina never left, I felt that I was getting revenge on that Nazi officer. This is the most Jewish vengeance that there is." (source: Kikar)

Another way to stick it to Hitler.

1 comment:

  1. how about this - a holocaust survivor who left 2000 descendants

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/21/nyregion/21yitta.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1312984436-InOPPjf1c1FjuR4Z3VA20Q

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