Despite the horrors of the 6 million Jews who were killed in the Holocaust, there were hundreds of thousands of Jews who miraculously survived. Of the millions who were killed and the hundreds of thousands who survived, there were countless stories of faith and courage in the midst of the hell that was Nazi Germany.
One of the stories that shows the extent that Jews were willing to go to in order to hold on to their traditions is this story of of Jews risking their lives to remember and literally rewrite the entire text of the Passover Haggadah. But one of the lesser known stories is that of the starving Jews in Auschwitz who risked their lives in order to not eat the little bit of bread that was thrown at them by the Nazi animals who interned them.
There were proud Jews who knew that they would be killed in an instant by a Nazi guard if they were caught. The proud Jews knew that if there bodies did not have the little bit of bread they were accustomed to, they could very well contract an illness that would kill them like it did to so many others. But they persevered because they had a life of meaning.
They cared more about their dedication to their religion, their tradition, and their heritage, then they did about their very life. They had grown accustomed to seeing dead people around them, and they knew their odds of survival were slim to none. But they didn’t give up hope due to their dedication to their principles that were above and beyond their existence in this world. Their strength serves as a beacon of light in the midst of so much darkness.