Hidden in Thunder: Perspectives on Faith, Halachah and Leadership During the Holocaust, Volume 1

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Feldheim Publishers, 2007 - History - 769 pages
Based on documentation from various archives, discusses religious and halakhic issues which affected the lives of observant Jews during the Holocaust. Includes chapters on the reactions of rabbis in various towns to reports on the extermination of Jews; the persecution and suffering of rabbis and the rescue of some hasidic rabbis; halakhic rulings in ghettos and camps, e.g. concerning the desire of individual Jews to sacrifice themselves for others; rulings on problems involved in posing as a non-Jew; marriage, prayers, and the sanctification of God's name during the Holocaust; responsa of Rabbi Yehoshua Moshe Aronzon, a rabbi in Sanniki, Poland, who survived Nazi camps; sermons delivered by Rabbi Kalonimus Kalmish Shapira in the Warsaw ghetto; diaries, memoirs, and letters of survivors.
 

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Contents

Authors Preface
9
The Rescue of Hasidic Leaders
67
HALACHAH
155
A Historical and Halachic Look at Rescue
185
Survival in NonJewish Garb
233
Excerpts from the Writings
277
FAMILY
327
The Issue of Agumot after the Holocaust
365
VOICE OF FAITH
401
Kiddush Hashem during the Holocaust
439
The Teachings of the Piaseczner Rebbe in the Warsaw Ghetto
479
Introduction
513
Spiritual Leadership in the DP Camps
545
Diaries versus Memoirs as Historical Sources
629
Two Letters from Survivors
645
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