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Purim in Auschwitz
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Purim in Auschwitz

For survivors, Purim wasn't simply a victory that happened thousands of years ago.


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Visitor Comments: 24

(23) walter, October 26, 2014 5:16 PM

purim story beaytifull touching from a survivor

just read your story a bit late however never to late

(22) shmuel, February 23, 2014 10:06 PM

question: auschwitz or dachau?

just read the same story in another aish article-"purim in the valley of tears"-i think lori (and the title) mixed up dachau and auschwitz
awesome story either way!

(21) Miriam Shoshanah, February 26, 2013 4:10 PM

Alarm Clocks

Purim is the one Holiday that humbles me above all others. I was an RN for 30 years b4 I was forced into the world of disability (or, 'lessability', as I like to call it). My entire adult life up until that day in 2002 was all about caring for others. Being "benched" has been an extremely big challenge in every way possible for 11 years. Then comes Purim. My amazing family comes and is jaw-droppingly generous to me every year. I cannot even wrap my mind around the bitachon it took for those imprisoned into the death/slavery prisons, like Auschwitz. .. or as POW's to fulfill Mitzvah such as Purim. I became a Ba'al Teshuva soon after childhood Polio symptoms returned and stopped what I thought my life was about. I srll struggleon Purim between feelings of graritude & humility and feeling a deep sadness that I can ni longer contribute, go to hear the Reading, etcetera... So it was very uplifting to hear this story. How much HaShem loves us through even the hardest tests/lessons, especially if we are Learning and noticing/staying awakened inside. I needed this story. It was another alarm clock moment for me. I feel imprisoned. Each day I get to struggle my way back to inner Shalom. My struggle pales when I heard tthis. Less abled. Much more grateful. TY, again.

(20) muray relkin, September 5, 2011 9:20 PM

Very moving and thought provoking

(19) Sarah, June 1, 2011 3:54 AM

Touched by the mention of my grandfather

Looking back through this series of "Lori, Almost Live" and enjoying it immensely, I was pleasently surprised at the mention of my grandfather, R'Yisroel Yitzchok Cohen. He was and and still is a true hero and wonderful person. He had great strength and faith during the holocaust, and shared these with countless others, giving them ability to survive mentally and physically with hope of the future. Today he is still an inspiration to me, my family, and countless others. There's so much more to be said, and I'm sure Mrs. Palatnik knows this. I'd like to thank her for sharing just one of his many unbelievable stories. May he continue to be a real hero, live and be healthy ad meah veesrim. Thank you.

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