One student asked about making friends in the concentration camp at Birkenau (Auschwitz). It was an innocent question from a teenage mind incapable of grasping the enormity of the suffering and cruelty that Mr. Fellner had lived. He answer stunned me because I had never considered its obvious truth; no one lived long enough to make friends.
|Mr. Fellner and his family|
I asked Mr. Fellner what he thought about the sentiment sometimes expressed that G-d should be put on trial for what happened to the Jews in the Holocaust. His answer was one I will not soon forget. "I can't answer you that. How can I answer?" And then, he touched his chest and said, "I suffered for my faith. I will never lose it."
Suffering confers a priceless value to our lessons learned. Mr. Fellner learned about the dark face of humanity and 66 years later, he taught the young teens the generation of his granddaughter about the light that is also a part of our human face.
|Christmas lights in front |