31 January 2020

Published January 29, 2020 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 100

In the Talmud it is written, “To save the life of one man is to save the world.” 


Pain seared through the fifteen-year-old’s leg. “I’m so clumsy.”

“The snow is slippery. Needless to say, you won’t be dancing for a while, ma chérie.” The doctor’s kind eyes brimmed. “It’s a severe break. You need to be in hospital.”

“No, the SS—”

“Without medical care, one leg will end up shorter than the other.”

“Better to limp than be dead.” Huguette moaned.

“Then you’ll stay here—in my chalet.”

Today, Huguette is petitioning Yad V’Shem to recognize Dr. Frédéric Pétri of Val d’Isère as one of the Righteous among the Nations. Ken Y’hi Ratzon. May it be so.   


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81 comments on “31 January 2020

    • Dear Neel,

      There were so many unsung heroes during that time. I don’t know that we’ll ever know of all of them. When I find them, I have to write about them. 😉 Thank you for your lovely comment.




  • Fantastic. I just watched The Counterfeiters about the men who counterfeited the pound and the dollar from within the walls of a concentration camp. This operation was first described in The Odessa File (which actually has one of the characters asking in a letter “Please say Kaddish for me.” Made me think of you!)

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  • Great story as always Rochelle – there have been a few over the course of the last few days to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Aushwitz. These individual acts of survival and courage do help restore your faith in humanity, even in the face of such evil.

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  • So–was your plan to make me start my day in tears? You succeeded 🙂 Such stories, may they never be forgotten. My son and his wife attended the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz last week. I’m sure he will be full of stories.

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  • Rochelle–
    That would be a shock to the system to see a documentary about one of your most emotional memories and see your and your brother’s face in it. It takes courage to do the right thing. It takes courage to survive. Your story highlights both.

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  • It feels heartening that people can find it in themselves to help others even when most other people are too afraid to do so, even if they know it’s the right thing to do. Perhaps it comes down to the fact that, even though they put their own lives at risk, they know if they don’t help they will lessen themselves, impoverish their own humanity.
    Thank you for bringing to light another of the world’s heroes in your own unique style, Rochelle.

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