Title

Lechem Hara (Bad Bread), Lechem Tov (Good Bread): Survival and Sacrifice During the Holocaust

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2011

Keywords

holocaust, survivors, oral history, ghetto, self-sacrifice

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1177/1077800410392337

Abstract

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.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

Yes

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Qualitative Inquiry, v. 17, issue 2, p. 155-157

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