Jewish values more important than money - Your Voice

Jewish values more important than money

ALAN JABLIN | Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:00 am

I was born in the Bergen-Belsen DP (Displaced Persons) camp just after the end of World War II. Most people think that after the concentration camps were liberated, things were fine. To the contrary, at Bergen-Belsen approximately 15,000 people died after liberation, and I was almost one of them. It was a place of hopelessness. People had lost entire families and had nowhere to go. My father, of blessed memory, one of 13 children, was his sole family survivor. My mother, of blessed memory, one of seven children, thought she was the sole survivor, but several years later found a surviving sister. My parents, brothers and I languished in that DP camp for almost five years until it closed and we came to the United States, through the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).

While things seemed hopeless, at the same time there was hope. What sustained us, as they have for our people for thousands of years, were our Jewish values. These values followed us to America, as they did with so many others who relocated all around the world.

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