HEROES OF THE HOLOCAUST
WRITTEN by ALEXANDER KIMEL
We, Holocaust Survivors are so busy telling our stories, that we
forgot about the real Heroes of the Holocaust. People who, in
the midst of bestiality, when each individual fought for a piece
of bread or a day of life, retained the spark of humanity. They
recorded history, organized resistance, or willingly sacrificed
their lives for the sake of others. Their stories should not be
A Jewish representative to the Polish Council, who in May
of 1943 committed suicide, writing: "By my death I wish to make
my final protest against the passivity in which the world is
looking on and permitting the extermination of the Jewish
Dr. Janush Korczak
Voluntarily accompanied children of his orphanage to the
death camp. "In contrast to the apathetic huddled masses who were
herded into the freight cars, all the children were lined up
four in a row. Korczak at the head, eyes forward, holding a
child with each end, led the procession."
A promising historian, returned from Geneva to the Warsaw
Ghetto to collect and preserve day-by day chronicle of the
slaughter. He organized the Oneg Shabat Group, a group that
collected and preserved detailed accounts of all atrocities. The
buried documents were saved to tell the world the story. In 1944
Ringelblum was killed in Warsaw.
Died in the Warsaw Ghetto, writing his Diary - Scrolls of
Agony, to the last moments of his life. It is an extraordinary
record of the Nazi occupation and of the destruction of the
Jewish Community. It is narrative of the martyrdom of the
Polish Jewry, full of visionary warmth.
"The whole nation is sinking in a sea of horror and cruelty. .
. I do not know if anyone else is recording the daily events. .
.Anyone who keeps such a record endangers his life, but this
doesn't alarm me. I sense within me the magnitude of this hour
and my responsibility to it. I have an inner awareness that I am
fulfilling a national obligation."
Kaplan Dairy, January 1942.
A "Italian citizen of Jewish race" that survived
Auschwitz and wrote several books about his experiences.
Harrowing stories of systematic cruelty, miraculous survivals,
remarkable for their simplicity, restraint, compassion - a
lasting testament to the indestructible human spirit.
Submitted by Ernest G. Heppner.
Laura Margolis, came in 1940 to Shanghai, China representing the
American Joint Distribution Committee. She extensively helped
the Jewish refugees and was arrested by the Japanese secret
police. Soon, she was released and continued her efforts in
helping the starving 4000 European refugees. After the outbreak
of the Pacific War, when Shanghai was occupied by the Japanese,
she was interned. She faked illness to be returned to a Shanghai
hospital from where she continued her rescue efforts. Presently
she lives in an old age home near Boston, all but forgotten by
world. Laura Margolis deserves to be recognized and
Submitted by Walter Plywaski.
David Szmulewski, voluntarily went to Auschwitz, to provide
documentation of the the atrocities. In September of 1944
Szmulewski, escaped from Auschwitz with the negatives of the
naked Hungarian Jewish women and the pit-burning of
"overproduced" corpses. The photos were delivered to the Polish
Government in London. Unfortunately, no action was taken by the
Maksymiljan Jozef PlywackiSubmitted by Walter Plywaski.
An inmate of a concentration camp in Riedelhof, entering the
final stage of physical and emotional beakdown (the Musulmann
stage), he provoked his own death by cursing the SS-man and
calling him a shit-dog. He refused to accept the fate of a
Musulmann, choosing to be beaten to death.
Maksymiljan Jozef Plywacki, died the death of Hero.
Arthur Zygelboym, Dr. Janush Korczak, Emmanuel
Ringelblum, Haim Kaplan, Mordecai Anielewicz, Hanah Shenesh,
Maksymiljan Plywacki, David Szmulewski, Primo Levy, and many
others, are the real Heroes of the Holocaust-"Giborrei Hashoah"
and deserve to be rememberd by future generations.
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