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SUHL / ON WRITING HOLOCAUST FICTION
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you seek a safe return to the ghetto. The fun game had turned
into a game for survival.
Steve will be saddened to learn that his hero, Motele, did not
survive the Holocaust. He fell in battle while trying to save the
life of a Russian officer. But he will be thrilled to know that
Motele’s commander, the legendary Uncle Misha, and his par­
tisans took their war against fascism right to Hitler’s doorstep.
As a Jew, he said, “I have a final account to settle with Hitler
in Berlin proper.” In Germany Uncle Misha liberated a large
concentration camp for women and he expressed his feelings
about it in these words: “I t was worth suffering hunger, cold
and fear as a partisan, and now to face continuous danger on
the front lines, in order to live to see that day when I . . . a son
of the ‘inferior race’ have with my own hands flung open the
gates of German concentration camps and brought freedom to
thousands of people of various nationalities.”
Before leaving Germany Uncle Misha went to Berchtesgaden
and there, on the wall of Hitler’s retreat, he wrote the follow­
ing in Hebrew letters, “I, Moishe, son of Asher the Levite, have
outlived you who condemned me to death.
Am Yisrael Chai,
the Jewish People live!”
I don’t think anything can be added to these words which so
vividly express the spirit of Jewish resistance to Nazism in the
Holocaust period.