by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
You see in this picture a nice-looking, older Jewish man wearing tefillin at the Kotel. He has lived a long and productive life, as have his brothers and sisters, and so did their parents, of blessed memory.
Amazing as it sounds, that man standing next to him, who is not even Jewish, has inherited much of the credit for the good deeds that that Jewish family did.
The story goes like this: The Jewish family was from Poland. When the natzis (may their name be blotted out!) invaded Poland, with great sacrifice and good fortune, the family was able to escape to France,. But, then the barbarians invaded France, too. The borders were sealed, and there was no way, and nowhere, to run! Everyone knew that it was only a matter of days until the cruel invaders would track them down.
This is where the non-Jewish man comes into the picture, although he was only 2 years-old at the time. His mother, may G-d bless her memory, took the Jewish family into her home and hid them from the nazis for the duration of the war! She saved their lives!
Do you know what that means? This non-Jewish woman not only risked her own life, she even risked the lives of her young family, in order to protect a Jewish family from certain death, or even worse!
I walked up to them to take this picture to share with you. When I took the picture I loudly said to the non-Jewish man, “Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” and I started to cry. The greatness of this family’s deed overwhelmed me.
I can think of no greater heroes in the history of the world than the non-Jews who risked their own families to save a Jew from death. G-d bless them. G-d bless them. G-d bless them.
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