Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

8 candles, 9 children, and a grandmother who survived the Holocaust
YNet ^ | Dec. 15, 2006 | Mali Green

Posted on 12/15/2006 4:42:57 AM PST by Alouette

After nine kids, the annual nursery school Hanukkah parties lose some of their luster. To be perfectly honest – they even become something of a pain. That is until Grandma, an Auschwitz survivor, reminded the Green family of what the holiday spirit is all about

Mali Green Published: 12.14.06, 23:39

The invitation sent home for the upcoming Hanukkah party assumed its traditional place of honor on the refrigerator door, where three other invites immediately joined it. One shaped like a menorah, the second a dreidel and a third the spitting image of a sufganiya (traditional Hanukkah pastry).

The only common denominator between all of these invitations is that parents are invited to all of the events. I check the dates. I have to take off work for four mornings in a row this week – even though, of course, just as Hanukkah approaches, work is busier than ever.

True, the nursery schools should be praised for accomplishing the amazing feat of coordinating all of their Hanukah parties so that none overlap the other. But alas – why couldn't they just coordinate them with my boss so they don't overlap with my work. To be honest – can't we all do without the parties? The teachers will celebrate with the children and we will be released from the baking, costuming, gifting, line coaching and stage-fright sedation?

Some of my children have a somewhat chronic habit when it comes to holiday plays; when the curtain goes up and the spotlight is turned on, they tend to regress by several years and assume the fetal position between the folds of my skirt. I've already learned not to be disappointed by this, and enjoy just watching the play with them, but why abuse the grandmothers who were so expecting to see their grandchildren and only wind up being let down.

And so the grandmothers may usually forgo this particular duty, but when my own grandmother, visiting from abroad, asked if she could attend one of the children's parties, I of course agreed.

Everything was normal; the songs, the tunes, the dances, the costume changes, flashes glared from all around us. And then, between one flash and the next, my grandmother leaned towards me and whispered: "Mali, I'm so excited…"

Grandma's Auschwitz Hanukkah miracle

Another camera flash and again a whisper: "Mali you know, I'm not very young and I'm a survivor of the camps... When I sit here, with my great-granddaughter, before all these little girls singing about the land of Israel – sweet beautiful little girls – I feel as though it is my small victory against the Germans. Small, but crushing!"

Then and there I choked up. All too often I forget that this noble woman with the light blue eyes, who I call grandma, is a Holocaust survivor who lived through the hells of Auschwitz. She, the girl whose mother and sisters were murdered before her eyes, is the brave woman who raised a family so that "the strength of Israel will not lie" (1 Samuel, 15:29).

I would never presume to say that I changed in that moment, but I can tell you that when the party ended I asked to say a few words.

I rose from my seat, cleared my throat and began: "Dear teachers and guests, do you see this woman beside me? This is my grandmother, who survived Auschwitz, who endured hunger and loss, abuse and labor and the death marches. She was blessed with what six million others were not, she lived. And all that has been worth it, if only for the party that you, dear teachers, are responsible for. It's difficult for her to speak now, but I can assure you that she has enjoyed every minute, and she will treasure these moments in her heart forever."

And without shame I let the tears run down my cheeks, as the tears of other mothers and the teachers flowed with mine.

Suddenly I find myself, yes, me the anti-party mother, waiting expectantly for the next holiday.

Mali Green, 33, is a full time writer and journalist. She and her husband have nine children.

TOPICS: History; Judaism; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: chanukah; hanukkah; holocaust

1 posted on 12/15/2006 4:42:59 AM PST by Alouette
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; albyjimc2; Alexander Rubin; ...
FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel/Russian Jewry ping list.

Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.

2 posted on 12/15/2006 4:43:25 AM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 113-118)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Alouette

Sometimes we need a reminder of what it's really all about for the jewish survivors.

3 posted on 12/15/2006 5:46:25 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Alouette
Suddenly I find myself, yes, me the anti-party mother, waiting expectantly for the next holiday.

The next holiday: Purim! Yeah!!!

4 posted on 12/15/2006 7:35:25 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (VeYa`aqov 'ahav 'et-Yosef mikkol-banayv ki-ven-zequnim hu' lo; ve`asah lo ketonet-passim.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Alouette

A very touching story.

5 posted on 12/15/2006 9:55:36 AM PST by justiceseeker93
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Alouette; SJackson; yonif; Simcha7; American in Israel; Slings and Arrows; judicial meanz; ...

If you'd like to be on or off this
Christian Supporters of Israel ping list,
please FR mail me ~
  -  -

There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had
spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass. (Joshua 21:45)

Letter To The President In Support Of Israel ~
'Final Solution,' Phase 2 ~
Warnings ~

"The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews, even more significant than God, religion, and the prophets...."—Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Holocaust Chronicle ~

The future of Arab controlled Gaza.

" ... It's time we recognized the nature of the conflict. It's total war and we are all involved. Nobody on our side is exempted because of age, gender, or handicap. The Islamofacists have stolen childhood from the world."—FReeper Retief
"Palestine is the wrong name for their State. It should be called Anarchy."—FReeper sgtbono2002
"Then let's wait and see what the Arabs do after they take Gaza. There's nothing like Arab reality to break up a Jewish fantasy."—FReeper Noachian
A student told his professor he was going to "Palestine" to "fight for freedom, peace and justice,"—Orwellian leftist code words that mean "murder Jews."
The Nature Of Bruce ~

6 posted on 12/15/2006 5:17:19 PM PST by Salem (FREE REPUBLIC - Fighting to win within the Arena of the War of Ideas! So get in the fight!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Alouette


7 posted on 12/15/2006 5:20:41 PM PST by firebrand
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson