The secular world lauds the Jews who physically resisted the Germans. But much greater was the spiritual resistance of those whose faith in HaShem never wavered, even under the most torturous conditions.
Holocaust memorials are meaningless without proper Torah hashkafa. And this hashkafa must be handed down to our children, to counter the constant non-Torah hashkafa onslaught that we are bombarded with from outside our camp. What better way of transmitting this emunah, this faith in HaShem, this testament to spiritual heroism than by preserving tales of Kiddush HaShem, tales of real strength, the kind that will, and must, endure forever.
Heroes of Spirit and Heroes of Faith are a collection of stories that substantiates the true legacy of the Holocaust years, a legacy that serves the ultimate purpose of Holocaust studies. Reading the stories of Rabbi Dr. Solomon Schonfeld, of the Radoshitzer Rebbe, of Rav Elchonon Wasserman, zecher tazddikim livrochoh, among many others – known tzaddikim and many who are unknown – infuses into one the most poignant sense of pride and self esteem. Readers – young and old alike – cannot help but be inspired from the uplifting discovery they will make: the Jewish blood of these heroes of spirit was the same as that which flows through our own veins. The profound illumination with which they diffused a most profound darkness serves as our very own source of light.