Monday Meeting — An Act of Ultimate Respect and Humility
If you read my previous blog, this one will bring tears to your eyes. The possibilities in humanity are great. That we waste it most of the time is very discouraging. To excel and rise above the animal that we are we must ignore or break the rules our bodies are born with and do what is not normal. We must care for one another, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, demand of the rich that they do so too. That we do not makes us all complicit in the things we like to think are inhumane but, as it turns out, are all too human.
This is the poignant moment when a man rescued from the hell he endured at the hands of the Nazis met his saviour almost 70 years later.
Joshua Kaufman first saluted his rescuer Daniel Gillespie. Then he kissed his hand and finally, he fell to his feet, exclaiming: ‘I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you, I love you so much…’.
Kaufman, now 87, was a ‘walking corpse’ on April 29 1945 when U.S. Army soldier Gillespie, 89, marched in with his comrades to liberate the charnel house that was the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.
Gillespie, a machine gunner with the 42nd ‘Rainbow Division,’ moved to block 11 of the infamous complex which was the first camp built by the Nazis to house its enemies in 1933.
By the time it was liberated more than 35,000 people had been murdered there – in executions, in…
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