Rising above personal misery

On April 23 2012, Holocaust survivor Vera Schiff talked about her personal experiences in the Theresienstadt concentration camp and what it meant to "Spiritually Resist" the dehumanizing conditions of a Nazi concentration camp. As a child, Vera witnessed the death of her family at the camp. Her sister died due to a lack of medicine, followed by her parents. Vera remembered her mother's efforts to "sweeten her day" by giving her a sugar cube. Vera rose above her personal misery and resisted her fate by caring for her family as best she could. She found strength by working with other inmates and kept hope for the day when justice would come. In spite of these hardships, Vera believes that we must leave the world a better place than how we found it. Vera has written 3 books:
  • Theresienstadt: The Town the Nazis Gave to the Jews, her autobiography but also historical overview of Theresienstadt.
  • Hitler's Inferno, which is a collection of accounts of 8 individuals who were in the same camp as Vera, but each had a different fate.
  • Letters to Veruska, an English translation of the diary Vera's mother kept while in the camp. Vera discovered it after her Mom died, and a couple of years ago she translated it from Czech to English and provided explanatory notes and family photos.
Holocaust survivor Bill Gilead also attended this Theology on Tap and spoke to some of the young adults during the small group discussion.

- by a Theology on Tap Volunteer