In our history of the Holocaust, we applaud many heroes, many saviors - righteous of nations, many fighters. But we have neglected the most heartbreaking heroes and those are the parents that chose to give up their children to strangers in order to have them survive.How can parents do such a thing?
Many did and the children, even as adults, have intrinsic resentments of anger that they were abandoned by their parents, especially if one or both parents somehow survived. As a parent, and now a grandparent, I cannot fathom that children were given up and yet it was the most loving and selfless act.
To give life to your own child is an act that is noble and at the same time guilt-ridden. Many children were saved by parents giving them up to any life, to any religion, to any class, just for life.We must remember and honor those parents whose selfless act of placing their children in hopeful safety and life, as heroes and righteous of our own nation, the Jewish people, Israel.