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Rabbi Nissen Mangel was a 10-year-old child when he came to the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz. There he witnessed unspeakable atrocities, but he also witnessed amazing acts of faith. In this moving and powerful talk, Rabbi Mangel tells his firsthand account of what he saw. (Many viewers may find details described to be extremely disturbing. Viewer discretion advised.)

Belief in G‑d After the Holocaust

Belief in G‑d After the Holocaust

A child survivor of Auschwitz

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September 9, 2016
response to: Something to think about
"... Suppose that here in the United States, the government decided to restrict what we Jews could do? What would we do? ..."
You seem unaware of the history of Jews in the USA - we were restricted from schools, various clubs, and places of employment! Shiploads of Jews were not allowed to get off those ships and were forced back to Europe where most were met by Nazis.

I'm in my late 70s and remember!!
A great movie to rent and watch: "Gentleman's Agreement" starring Gregory Peck.

The USA did not protect people of Japanese heritage - even though they were born here and citizens the USA government pulled them out of their homes and businesses and into camps, much like what Hitler did in Europe.

The USA does not have clean hands, especially about Jews ... and certainly not about Blacks and Native Americans!
How the people who lived through and survived the Holocaust is beyond me. Those who I met at various Holocaust Museums were so positive and non-hating. A miracle from G-d.
Meira Shana
San Diego
July 14, 2016
Never again
Never again can Jews &'Christians become complacent in regard to religious discrimination. It begins very subtly & then grows until it becomes out of control. I have personally witnessed horrific remarks from Muslims regarding Israel and decent people cannot allow this poison to grow anywhere in this world again. We must unite & be strong against those who wish destruction against Jews. Never again!
April 27, 2016
Luz Bone
It's clear that the luz bone can be destroyed because I know many Jews who have been cremated (unfortunately). Sorry but this is just complete false whether he survived the holocaust or not. What an amazing story though!!!
November 21, 2015
Thank you Rabbi for sharing your life stories. They are truly inspiring...Baruch Hashem you were saved to show us and share with us the positive side.
Patricia Kadoche
March 23, 2015
It always amazes me how much faith some people can possess. During my life, my faith has wavered and at times been reduced to almost nothing. These stories make me feel ashamed at my lack of faith.
antonio sabella
providence, r.i.
March 13, 2015
Rabbi, I am not Jewish but my heart aches with what the jewish people have gone through and what they are still going through. I agree with Pamela that you are an incredibele human being may you a nd your family's life always be blessed
anna alex
Baltimore, aryland
January 13, 2015
Listening to this heart wrenching story filled me with such pain and many, many tears for the indescribable atrocities this man suffered and endured as well as the unfathomable 6 million others. And yet when asked, "After the Holocaust how can you possibly believe in G-d?" He responds emphatically, "How can you not?" For, as he says, his very existence as a survivor is a miracle!
His faith in G-d after such unimaginable tragedy and horror remains untouched, perhaps even strengthened! For anyone who may momentarily experience doubts, his story and absolute conviction in the existence of G-d is awesomely inspiring.
May the Moshiach come soon and answer all of our questions.
M. Ericson
January 19, 2014
Beverly Kurtin
I believe it can happen here when the economy collapses. Already many are blaming us. Our creator has already given a sign that the US is going to cease being the world's leading military and economic force and perhaps this is part of bringing us back to the promised land.
A beam from 9/11 hit the sycamore tree in front of the Church George Washington dedicated this country to God in, protecting the Church but uprooting the tree, on what is now called Ground Zero.

House speaker Tom Daschle as the US representative the day after 9/11 quoted Isaiah 9:10 “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.”
The hearers of the speech were unaware of the context it was spoken -
Isaiah 9: 9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
11 Therefore the LORD shall set up the adversaries of Rezin against him, and join
May 20, 2013
A survivor
The Lord allowed me the privilege of meeting a Holocaust survivor. She was a petite woman but very strong in the Lord. She told me her story. Then she showed me her tattoo. That tattoo made me feel the hopelessness , the degradation of being stripped of your humanity, worthlessness, no better than a piece of garbage. I felt all this in just one moment as I was looking at that tattoo. But this woman was living proof of a miracle . In short this is how she survived. She was in line for the crematorium. The person checking their papers was someone she knew. As she went up for her turn she was told to go the end of the line. The next day as she was coming up again the American Troops came and liberated them. She came to America and led a very successful life .Having lost her husband to these camps she remarried. I remember her often. Her story speaks of how incredible God is and His love for us. Never give up hope. Without it we have nothing.
Norma Martinez
San Antonio
April 25, 2013
Something to think about
Suppose that here in the United States, the government decided to restrict what we Jews could do? What would we do? Would we, as did the Jews in Germany just do nothing about it? The German Jews were trying to be like the other Germans. They said that they were not Jews, they were Germans and Germany would not continue to do what they were doing. Hashem virtually wrote on the walls: GET OUT AND GET OUT NOW. Rather than escaping, the majority continued to think that being good Germans trumped their being Jews. I've mentioned it before that my family tried to get our relatives out to safety. What did they do with the money? Spent it. They were sent money three time! They wound up in Hitlers furnaces.
I know that here in the USA that nothing like what happened in Germany could happen here, but Hashem has given us Israel and it is there that we can flee to if, heaven forbid, this country turns against us, we have a place to go. Baruch Hashem!
Beverly Kurtin
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