Walking out of tragedy

By Eliana Rudee, Originally published in the Jerusalem Post

Walking into a former concentration camp is easy. But after treading the hallowed ground that bore witness to tragedy of unparalleled magnitude, how can we truly walk out? A group leader posed this question to me as I toured former concentration camps in Poland. I was struck by this question of how we “walk out” of tragedy, as it is a vital one also applicable to recent events, such as the terrorist attacks in France.

After the Holocaust, some survivors renounced their belief in God because they couldn’t reconcile their faith with the suffering and destruction they had witnessed. Some went on to raise Jewish families. Some chose to talk about the Holocaust and others never spoke about it even to their families. Some became leaders of the Jewish community. There are no right or wrong responses, only personal choice.

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