Skip to comments.Local: Holocaust survivor: 'Forgiveness is the key' to survival
Posted on 04/15/2012 5:37:34 PM PDT by PRePublic
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Days of Remembrance event is Sunday
Holocaust survivors Herman Schloss, Irene Danon and Abe Greenberg gathered in Prescott on Monday.
PRESCOTT - Irene Danon, 82, said she survived the Holocaust in the former Yugoslavia by hiding from the Nazis during World War II.
And while the Nazis killed several of her family members in concentration camps, Danon said she has learned to forgive the Germans and other nationalities responsible for the genocide of 6 million Jews.
"I hope to show the world the Holocaust really happened, and in order to move on and heal myself, I have learned to forgive," Danon said. "Forgiveness is the key for survival and healing."
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What’s wrong with these people?
What do you mean?
You would forgive the Nazis for the genocide of your people?
Everybody in a war or in an environment where they are not necessarily at the top of the food chain knows this.
No. Of course not!
The old woman is right and very wise. Hatred and feelings of revenge are corroding to the soul and in the end poisons only yourself and not your enemies. She made it clear she does not forget. But she harbors no hatred in her soul for the Nazis because she has truly forgiven them. And I think that is what she meant by that being the key to her survival and happiness in her life.
When I read this I was thinking about those Amish people a few years ago who forgave that man who shot up a school and killed many of their own children. And they remarkably even brought food to his wife to minister to her pain. I am not saying I could have done that....but it is the Christian thing to do.
Do you consider it an intelligent decision for a woman to remain with a man that beats her?
I agree with you. It is not my business to decide or judge who should or should not forgive whom and for what.
The best statement about forgiveness came from Golda Meir to the Palestinians.....”We can forgive you for killing our children....but we shall never forgive you for making us kill yours.”
Of course not. But if you asked me if at some point she should forgive him, then I would answer yes.
Evil should be hunted and killed, then you can be at peace.
Yes, her ‘humane’ message is ever so true again today!
Seems to me the woman understands the reality of what is most important in an individuals life......forgiving and moving on to live your life.
Just ask Louis Zamperini. Hatred can destroy your heart. Forgiveness is the only way to actually live your life again.
Matthew 18: 21-22 NIV
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. (Matthew 5:43-45 NIV)
I would move on with my life, but I would never forgive them. I think I am just different from you and her. Maybe I’ll change with age.
Unbreakable was an awesome book.