Occupation: Slowly Eating Away at the Jewish Soul

My uncle Sasha (may he rest in peace) spent the prime years of his youth in Auschwitz concentration camp. “Four years in paradise,” he used to say with exasperation, irony, and wisdom in his voice all at once.

For many survivors of the camps, understandably, even uttering a few words acknowledging the tremendous suffering they experienced during that time is next to impossible…