The day a Holocaust survivor got revenge on his tormentor
By Martin Greenfield
November 9, 2014 | 3:21am
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He survived the savagery of the Holocaust, made it to America with barely a penny and became a world-famous tailor in Brooklyn, dressing celebrities and presidents. In his new memoir, “Measure of a Man,” Martin Greenfield tells the story of his extraordinary life. In this excerpt, he explains how the concentration camps nearly stripped him of his humanity at age 16 — and the day he got it back.
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“Shoot her!” the other boy yelled. “That’s what we came here for! Do it!”
I froze. I couldn’t do it. I could not pull the trigger. That was the moment I became human again. All the old teachings came rushing back. I had been raised to believe that life was a precious gift from God, that women and children must be protected.
Had I pulled the trigger, I would have been like Mengele. He, too, had faced mothers holding babies — my mother holding my baby brother — and sentenced both to gruesome deaths. My moral upbringing would not allow me to become an honorary member of the SS.
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A friend shared with me an article from a 1945 issue of Life magazine about Nazi suicides following the war. Here is a portion of what it said: “In the last days of the war the overwhelming realization of utter defeat was too much for many Germans. Stripped of the bayonets and bombast which had given them power, they could not face a reckoning with either their conquerors or their consciences. These found the quickest and surest escape in what Germans call Selbstmord, self-murder . . . In Hitler’s Reich, Germans stopped killing others and began killing themselves. In Weimar, the mayor and his wife, after seeing Buchenwald atrocities, slashed their wrists.”
That day at the mayor’s home, God pricked my conscience. In so doing, He spared me the guilt and shame of killing the mayor of Weimar’s wife.
I didn’t need to kill her. She did it for me.
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[TIP ‘o’ the HAT to: Des Walsh shared Accidental Talmudist’s photo on Facebook]
Pro-life is pro-life.
It’s engrained in our DNA.
And yet the “culture of death” just rolls on.
You talk about a “war on women” or “racial discrimination”.
Look at sex selection abortions.
Look at the minority abortions.
That’s the real war.
I go back to my favorite analogy.
Willie Crowther programmed Colossal Cave Adventure and I spent a lot of time on it.
But from it, I learned an important lesson — if you killed the bird, then you never got by the snake.
What if one of those aborted humans was the girl who would cure cancer, the boy who would bring peace, … … write the next Lullaby, figure out FTL travel, or some other hither too unimaginable invention or discovery.
But “we”, as society, killed her / him, and will never advance?
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