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Descendants of Holocaust survivors offer moving spiritual reflections


This is the cover of "God, Faith & Identity From the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors," edited by Menachem Z. Rosensaft. The book is reviewed by Eugene J. Fisher. (CNS)

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"God, Faith & Identity From the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors," edited by Menachem Z. Rosensaft. Jewish Lights Publishing (Woodstock, Vermont, 2015). 309 pp., $25.

Catholic readers will be taken into the collection "God, Faith & Identity From the Ashes" and deeply into themselves, finding spiritual nourishment in the continuing faith of descendants of Jewish survivors of the Shoah and their determination to affirm their Jewishness and to dedicate their lives to helping others.

It is rare that a book features a prologue by Elie Wiesel and an email sent to the editor by a pope. Pope Francis' email was occasioned by a sermon Rosensaft had given at a synagogue in 2013, which narrated his experience as a child of survivors and his belief in God's presence even in Auschwitz, in the acts of kindness given by Jews to one another, enabling some to survive.

Rosensaft affirmed the ethical duty of Jews after the Holocaust to do good for others. The sermon was sent to the pope by the director of the Latin American Jewish Congress.

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