Re: Judenrats --- friend or foe? #holocaust

David Lewin

At 03:41 27/09/2021, lsragovicz@... wrote:
I am certainly no expert, but if my family history helps, here it is.
On my mother's side, a great great uncle, was part of the Judenrat in the town of Zelechow.  Thanks to David Lukowiecki who has been translating the yizkor book, I have been able to obtain pictures of him, and learn about his story.   He wasn't a very nice man, in fact, according to the stories recorded,  he was one of the most hated men in town.  It seems he was part of the judenrat and tried to get personal benefit. He did everything as he was told and thought he was better than the rest.  The last story says that the SS called him for a very special mission, and asked him to dig a mass grave.... and of course it turned out It was for him; they shot him.  Just as an added comment, his father, was one of the most generous and loved man in town....

Lia Sragovicz

How painful!!!!!
I am reminded of an old English saying burnt into a piece of wood, which hung on the wall of a landlady of mine so many years ago:

There is so much good in the worst of us
and so much bad in the best of us
that it ill behoves any of us
to talk about the rest of us

How can anyone who did not him/her self live through the times of Nazi rule voice an opinion about someone who did?

I grew up in Haifa.  In our class at school a few children survivors were placed upon arrival in Palestine after the Holocaust.   Apropos of nothing at whatsoever Margalit would burst out in uncontrolable tears from time to time. That was when the rest of us in that classroom learned never, ever, to criticize someone whose circumstances we had not ourselves experienced.

David Lewin

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