The Holocaust Keeps talking to me this weekend

Afshine Emrani

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Although extended family was affected by the Holocaust, any time my ancestors throughout Jewish history suffer and persevere, I am blown away.

Yesterday I kept on seeing images online, and below is a beautiful article about recognizing non Jews and also Jewish heroes that went above and beyond, risked their own lives to save and hide Jews during the Holocaust.

There are so many Jewish cultures, nationalities, races, backgrounds and different ways to observe. In our world today, everyone keeps on being boxed into categories, we are all human, we are all unique, but our roots give us connection, meaning, and faith. One part of my family is from Eastern Europe, and the other part is from the outskirts of the Persian empire. We are all mixed up, and that is a good thing.

Coach Yulia

When Nazi forces advanced towards the Ukrainian village of Korolówka in 1943, Etcia Goldberg was 36 years old, a widowed mother of three children. As the armies drew closer, Etcia took matters into her own hands, leading a group of 37 Jews to a small cave known as Priest’s Grotto.

“Even now, I cannot believe these people so close to me, my granny and my mama, survived such a horror,” said Valeriy Gritsiv, Etcia’s grandson.

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