When I decided in 2015 to quit my job as an Attorney and dedicate myself to researching and writing my in-law’s Holocaust story of resilience and survival, I had no idea that my life would change so dramatically. As I dug deep into their story, I discovered so many things about myself and what it means to be human. I came to the stark realization that humans can be the worst of the worst – to murder children for the crime of being Jewish children. But I also saw how the goodness of humans can emerge in the darkest hour. It was in Treblinka, a Death Camp where my father-in-law, Sam, was a prisoner for 13 months, that remarkably, Jewish women who worked with him in the laundry stood up to the Nazi officer who ordered that Sam should hang because he struck a Kapo – a Jewish overseer. These women spoke up and saved Sam’s life – though it could easily have meant instant death for them all.
I am grateful for the spark of humanity that is goodness.
For the whole story, read my book: My Soul is Filled with Joy: A Holocaust Story. Find it on Amazon.