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(3) Anonymous, August 4, 2012 8:13 PM

Did they offer to return the apartment to it's previous owner/resident?

Did they offer to return the apartment to it's previous owner/resident? If not, so what in tarnashin is so amazing about letting her come for a "visit"? Big deal!

(2) Ann, August 3, 2012 7:18 PM

The Longing to be Remembered

Such a fine story, one that reminds us that even beyond this life, a neshama longs to not be forgotten. Years ago I moved into an old house, where I still reside. Larger than anything I needed, and one of the village's prettiest estates, I understood that HaShem had sent me here for His reasons and so I moved in. I wondered who might have lived here over its 156 years of existence. As the months stretched into years, I began to sense that it had once been the home of a Jewish family. It seemed unlikely in this very orange-protestant town, but I trusted my instincts. I noticed some walls were left unfinished in corners. And every afternoon, rainbows stream in through the old lead windows, casting beautiful reminders of HaShem's promise to Noach on the walls. A special feeling began to fill me that I was not the first woman 'to Shema' at the small kitchen window facing East, early mornings. Then one day, I learned from the elderly woman who now owns this house, that her husband had bought it from a young Jewish man, 62 years ago. That young man later became a giant in Canada and Israel, his and his wife's community work and tzedakas generous beyond words. How could I have known? I just did. Now, every Shabbat, I set out two special china cups on saucers for that man and his wife, blessed be their memory. My remembering them is a blessing to me and my family, too.

EunKyungHan, August 22, 2012 9:53 PM

very impressioned

Very touched story. I believe your instinct.

(1) Laura, July 31, 2012 3:22 AM

Yes but I have a question for all of them

Do these same people who worked tirelessly to uncover the past of this apartment building support Israel's right to exist? I often find some people may espouse one thing when it comes to the Shoah and Jews, but have an entirely different take on the State of Israel.

Allen, August 1, 2012 5:00 AM

Why The Question???

What a negative outlook to a beautiful story!

yaacov, August 1, 2012 2:07 PM

I think Laura's question is well taken.

M. D., August 2, 2012 7:14 AM

What on earth has that got to do with what the article is about?

Maybe that is true but the article was not about support for Israel - it was about Germans acknowledging the destruction of the Jews lives in their country and crimes perpetuated by the previous generation.

 

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