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The reasons why i would never forgive the nazi

Follow From the photograph they appear as if old friends. The woman on the left dressed in a trouser suit of cobalt blue leans down to hug the bespectacled elderly man with white hair and a woollen vest seated in front of her. They hold hands and press cheeks close together. Except this image was taken last year in a courtroom in the German city of Lunenburg.

The man was Oskar Groening, the former SS Sergeant known as the book-keeper of Auschwitzwho was accused and later found guilty of being complicit in the murder of 300,000 people. She was Eva Kor, an 81-year-old Hungarian Jew and survivor of the camp where her mother, father and two older sisters were all gassed to death.

  1. Today Eva chuckles at the memory.
  2. In the Jewish belief there is a distinction between forgiveness and consequences. Thus, just as He is kind, merciful and forgiving, so too must we strive to conduct our own lives in the same manner toward others.
  3. Furthermore, one of the basic principles of Jewish ethics is that humans are mandated to emulate the divine characteristics through which God relates to us. I grew up in a community of these remarkable people, but not once did I hear the topic of forgiveness for the Nazis discussed.
  4. To associate forgiveness with the Nazis is anathema to most.

Eva and her twin sister Miriam were only kept alive as medical guinea pigs for the fearsome camp physician Dr Josef Mengele, who was obsessed with identical siblings. One mysterious injection administered by Mengele almost killed the then 10-year-old Eva.

She recalls him standing over her barracks bed and announcing triumphantly that she had just two weeks to live. But she survived Auschwitz — and then Dr Mengele, who later fled to South America where he died in 1979.

Last April, Eva travelled to Germany to give evidence in the trial of his former colleague and, despite suffering so much at Nazi hands, publically forgive his sins.

Why I forgive the Nazis who murdered my family

Eva Kor embraces Oskar Groening The courtroom embrace was beamed across the world and has prompted a new documentary being broadcast on Channel 4 on Saturday night. Today Eva chuckles at the memory. He would have grabbed me then for another purpose. I saw in his eyes a lot of caring, love and sadness that he was part of it.

  1. However Eva says only one other survivor and Mengele twin has since joined her — a man named Peter Greenfeld. What does Judaism say about forgiveness?
  2. But she survived Auschwitz — and then Dr Mengele, who later fled to South America where he died in 1979.
  3. Has any individual Nazi ever demonstrated this type of remorse, contrition and superhuman determination to make amends? Jewish law and thought believes that the the power for good can always be stronger than the power for evil.
  4. I grew up in Australia, where my grandparents came after the war.

Her husband, Michael, 90, with whom she has two grown-up children and is himself a former inmate of Buchenwald concentration camp, insists he will never follow suit.

Her family owned hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness and farmland. Hungary, initially an ally of Hitler before he invaded the country in March 1944, quickly embraced the rampant anti-Semitism of the Nazis.

My little playmates from the village became my tormentors. Instead they were loaded on cattle trains bound for Auschwitz, part of the Hungarian transport of more than 437,000 Jews shipped to their deaths in just eight weeks. Then he would take a bucket of water throw it through the window.

  • The Nazis hardly warranted their consideration;
  • The Girl who forgave the Nazis is broadcast on January 23 at 8pm on Channel 4;
  • Instead they were loaded on cattle trains bound for Auschwitz, part of the Hungarian transport of more than 437,000 Jews shipped to their deaths in just eight weeks;
  • Our efforts will surely bring our world much needed peace and harmony;
  • The man was Oskar Groening, the former SS Sergeant known as the book-keeper of Auschwitz , who was accused and later found guilty of being complicit in the murder of 300,000 people.

I had my cup ready but only ever got a few drops. The family was soon separated amid the chaos of the "selection platform" where most were hauled off unwittingly to the gas chambers before even being registered. Within minutes Eva had lost her father and two sisters and was never to see them again. It was brutal and unbelievable for humanity. It still is the most difficult memory.

  • But together we can choose to illuminate the world with the light of morality and kindness, one good deed at a time;
  • Why it is not possible to forgive The answer then to our original question of whether the Nazis can be forgiven becomes clear.

She still does not know to this day what the contents were, but when the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, Eva and Miriam were still alive. She says it has taken her years to learn forgiveness, rebuilding a life first in Romania, then Israel then the US. But it is her murdered parents, not the Nazis, who have proved the hardest memory to reconcile. That is what I felt. However Eva says only one other survivor and Mengele twin has since joined her — a man named Peter Greenfeld.

To associate forgiveness with the Nazis is anathema to most.

Susan Pollock at home in London Susan Pollock, an 85-year-old grandmother of six from Golders Green who in January was appointed MBE for educating young people about the Holocaust, also gave evidence at the Groening trial, but says his appeals for clemency left her cold.

Both her parents were killed while her brother, Laszlo, was forced to work in the Sonderkommando, moving bodies from the gas chambers to the ovens. He was the only other member of her family to survive, although remained terribly scarred from the experience.

Elements of forgiveness

What is most important for her is that the world always remembers. Unlike Eva Kor, she may never be able to forgive the Nazis; but insists none of us must ever forget. The Girl who forgave the Nazis is broadcast on January 23 at 8pm on Channel 4.