Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

New Year Revives Holocaust Miracle.

Byline: Paul Logan Journal Staff Writer

* Rosh Hashana allows death camp survivor to reflect on a prison guard who found the strength to save a Jewish work crew

Rosh Hashana, the start of Judaism's new year, has a second meaning for Aron Straser. The Holocaust survivor remembers it as the day of Hans' miracle.

Straser, 74, is the spiritual leader for the Rio Rancho Jewish Center. The retired textile supervisor who lives in Albuquerque will be conducting a Rosh Hashana service Friday night at the center as he has for the past six years.

And for the 10 days between the start of Rosh Hashana and the holiest day of the year Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement Jews face those they have wronged during the past year, including God, and ask forgiveness.

Normally, Jews go to services in their synagogue and do not work on the first two days of Rosh Hashana. But times weren't normal in 1942, especially for European Jews. World War II was going Germany's way, as was the Nazis' plan for exterminating the Jewish race. …

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