The Talmud tells us:" One who saves a single Jewish life is considered to have saved an entire world." As the fires of the Holocaust began taking their devastating toll, European Jewry faced unprecedented catastrophe. Yet, their desperate calls for help and search for escape were disregarded by a stone-hearted world intent on maintaining strict immigration quotas and barring their way to Eretz Yisrael. Jews in the free world remained, by and large, on the sidelines, unsure of how to respond and unwilling to effectively protest their respective countries' strict policies. Nevertheless, there were a few individuals who met the challenge of the times with decisive action. Prominent among them were a number of Orthodox Jewish activists, limited in resources but imbued with Torah values and extraordinary dedication. Giving the highest priority to saving their fellow Jews, they took on the bureaucracy without fear, braved arrest for their "illegal" activities and managed to rescue and assist thousands of potential victims of the Nazis. "To Save a World: Profiles in Holocaust Rescue", tells of these extraordinary heroes and heroines. This second volume in the series contains profiles of the following five rescue activists: Rabbi Aharon Kotler, Rabbi Eliezer Silver, Dr. Yaakov Griffel, Rabbi Shlomo Schonfeld and Rebbetzin Judith Grunfeld. It also offers a brief history of the Holocaust and its impact on Jewish society. Like its predecessor, this volume offers inspiring proof of the transcending ideals and remarkable actions that typify the lives of true Jewish leaders. Their unwavering dedication to the rescue of Jewish lives, in the face of often great personal danger, testifies to their unique position in the history of our people.
by David Kranzler, Eliezer Gevirtz
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