Have you heard about this story?
It is an inspirational story about a person who faced near death but, found a way to forgive the most evil people, and to make a better life. It is about a man who survived a Nazi death camp and the associated horrors of the holocaust only to forgive and find love.
Herman lived in a ghetto prior to the camp. His father fell ill with typhus. Two days before his death his father told him “If you ever get out of this war,” Rosenblat remembers him saying, “don’t carry a grudge in your heart and tolerate everybody.”
Herman Rosenblatt was a teenager in a death camp in Nazi-controlled Germany during the holocaust. Every day a girl, who he thought to be Christian, would come to the barbed wire fence and throw an apple over for Hermann. The girl was actually a Jewish girl living in the village while her family posed as Christians
As the story goes, Rosenblat says he would secretly eat the apples, never mentioning it to anyone else for fear word would spread and he’d be punished or even killed. When Rosenblat learned he would be transferred to Theresienstadt, he told the girl he would not return.
Mr. Rosenblat survived the war. He moved to London and became an electrician.
Rosenblat eventually moved to New York. A friend set him up on a blind date and he reluctantly went.
The girl was Polish and they seemed to get along well. When the conversation turned to their wartime experiences, they discovered that at one time they were in the same area- he in a concentration camp she hiding as a Christian.
She told him about the boy she would visit and throw apples to until he was moved.
Herman realized who she was and told her, “That was me.” Two months later they were engaged.
“One day my mother came to me in a dream and said, ‘I’m going to send you an angel’,” said Herman Rosenblat.
After over 50 years of marriage the Rosenblats’ story has inspired two books including a children’s book, “Angel Girl .” In 2009 there will be a movie release , “The Flower of the Fence.”
He believes the lesson is the very one his father imparted.
“Not to hate and to love — that’s what I am lecturing about,” he said. “Not to hold a grudge and to tolerate everybody, to love people, to be tolerant of people, no matter who they are or what they are.”
The anger of the death camps, Herman says, has gone away. He forgave. And his life has been filled with love.