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With Jewish members of the Red Army in a cemetery on the holiday of Shavuot.

In the summer of 1944, Yitzchak Pomerantz's division entered Poland (in its new borders). On the Jewish holiday of Shavuot they entered the town of Józefów, where his unit was to rest.

"It was the festival of Matan Torah, and my heart was thirsting for a beis midrash and the warmth of a Jewish home. I was with Shlomo Bosol and a few other Jewish friends, and somehow, we felt drawn into the town. Deathlike silence enveloped the streets….

Not a word was spoken until we reached the cemetery, where we softly whispered the names that were engraved on the tombstones. We sat down under a tree near the fence of the cemetery and were surprised to realize that we were not alone. Standing not far from us were about eighty Jewish soldiers bearing anguished looks on their faces. Who had gathered us all to this spot? What impelled these non-observant Jewish young men to gather at a devastated Jewish cemetery that Shavuos before sunset?

We looked at each other. None of the soldiers had a siddur or knew the davening by heart. Assessing the situation, I thought of the Mishnah: 'In a place where there are no leaders, strive to be a leader'. (Avos 2:6).

I stood up and gazed at the Jewish eyes that were eagerly focused on me.

'Rabboisai,' I announced. 'We are standing at the gates of Poland, a land that has been a makom Torah, a lodging of Torah, for hundreds of years, the bastion of Yiddishkeit in Eastern Europe. We do not know exactly what has happened in Poland during the upheaval that seized the world. Yet, as survivors of our great nation, we have been sent by Heaven to rescue our brothers from the claws of the Germans who aim to destroy the Jewish people. We have a divine promise that Yisrael will endure forever. Our hearts are all full of worries and misgivings. May we all find peace and tranquility, and may we all soon be able to live as true Jews in Eretz Yisrael.

Today is Shavuos, the Yom Tov commemorating the giving of the Torah. In Devarim it is written, 'Ki lo sishachach mipi zaro, that it will never be lost from the mouths of their offspring' (Devarim, 31:21). At this twilight hour, let us pledge to be faithful to our Creator and to be good sons to out grieving nation. May we soon live to see the geula. Yisgadal veyiskadash shemei rabbah!'

There was not a dry eye in the crowd. Each soldier opened his heart and let his emotions flow freely. Never had the earth of Josefov [sic!] been drenched with tears more pure than these.

I davened Maariv aloud, and eighty voices responded to my tfillos with a thundering, tear-choked Amein."

[Yitzchak Pomerantz, Itzik, Be Strong!, New York: CIS Publishers, 1993, pp. 271-273]