Lechem Hara (Bad Bread), Lechem Tov (Good Bread): Survival and Sacrifice During the Holocaust
holocaust, survivors, oral history, ghetto, self-sacrifice
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In Judaism, human nature is understood as existing on a spectrum between yetzer hara (evil inclination) and yetzer tov (good inclination). Jews struggle to suppress the yetzer hara and exercise the yetzer tov. Based on an oral history interview and cocreated by a survivor of the Holocaust and a researcher, this story focuses on bread (lechem) and hunger in a Polish ghetto. The narrative encourages reflection about the tangled intermingling of the generosity of self-sacrifice and the instinctive drive for survival.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Qualitative Inquiry, v. 17, issue 2, p. 155-157
Scholar Commons Citation
Rawicki, Jerry and Ellis, Carolyn, "Lechem Hara (Bad Bread), Lechem Tov (Good Bread): Survival and Sacrifice During the Holocaust" (2011). Communication Faculty Publications. 248.