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Schindler's Jews and Belief--Full Life MA

Posted: August 12, 2019

If someone had told me that having kids involved at least three decades of laughter, kisses and hugs, tears, broken things, fury and desperate prayers, broken windows and walls (don’t ask), sleepless sick nights (hated those), mistakes, and only occasionally getting things right, I might not have had kids. The job of getting these miniature humans to have self-confidence, mental toughness, and competence in their giftedness nearly did me in.  No matter what my kids were up to, I still believed that if I pointed them in the way they should go, they would eventually get there.  Maybe not in my lifetime, but, hey, I had to try! The odds were against me, but I believed I could do it. 

In the 1940's, a man named Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, once believed he could save his Jewish employees and their families from extermination in Nazi concentration camps. He and his wife had a hand in saving over 1200 Jews during the Holocaust.  He spent everything he had on bribes and black market gifts in order to keep those families safe. The odds were against him. Today, more than 7,000 descendants of Schindler’s Jews are alive because of his actions.

When asked why he did what he did, Schindler retorted, "I was a Nazi, and I believed that the Germans were doing wrong … when they started killing innocent people — and it didn't mean anything to me that they were Jewish, to me they were just human beings, menschen — I decided I am going to work against [the Nazis] and I am going to save as many as I can." Retrieved from

What do you believe in so much you would risk your life for it?

Believe in what is good. Even if the odds are against you. 

Mrs. Streacker


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