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Kindling a fire on the Sabbath.

"In the fall of 1945 our division was stationed in the Polish town of Hrubieszów, in Poland near the border with Ukraine. […] One day I was going around town on some business and […] Senior Lieutenant Iasha Bialik was with me […] We were walking together and met two men, speaking Yiddish. I stopped them and spoke to them in Yiddish. They were very surprised to see Jewish Cossacks and invited us to visit them.

[During our visit] the residents of the house asked us to stay for dinner, but it was time for us to go. At their urgent request, we promised them to come the next day, Saturday, for lunch. This was during the Jewish high holidays.

On Saturday, we arrived quite late, and the festive meals were already cold. But the host said that everything would be all right – he would warm up the food. And he began to light a primus stove. I knew that according to the laws of the Jewish religion it was forbidden to light a fire on the Sabbath. […] So I asked him: 'Why are you lighting a fire on the Sabbath, aren't you afraid of God?'

Responding, he related to me what happened in their shtetl when the Germans came:

'It was the Sabbath, the Jews were praying in the synagogue. The Germans surrounded the building, drove everyone out onto the street, and forced them to take the prayer books and Torah scrolls out of the synagogue. They lit a fire and began to throw the books into it. In front of everyone. Our rabbi was with us. [...] While the Germans were throwing the books into the fire, the rabbi looked on with horror, but did not utter a word. When they took the Torah scroll, he tried to grab it, attempting to prevent them from doing such an evil thing. Then, without thinking twice, they tied the rabbi to the Torah scroll and threw them into the fire. Along with the prayer books and Torah scrolls, he was consumed before our eyes ...

So if God could allow this, then let Him forgive me for warming up on the Sabbath a meal for Jews who fought against the Nazis and gave them what they deserved for their evil deeds ...'

He spoke mostly in Yiddish, but sometimes switched to Polish ..."[1]

 

[1] Gorelik, Gennadii; Gorelik, Khaim; Lekhaim, ili Khaim na kone [Lechaim, or Chaim on Horseback]. Seagull Press, 2001. Quoted from http://berkovich-zametki.com/2005/Zametki/Nomer7/Gorelik1.htm