Holocaust Survivor Forgives Concentration Camp Guard – Forgiveness Sundays November 22, 2020

This is an unusual story as it starts out about a Holocaust survivor, Simon Gronowski, who lives in Brussels who opened his window to start playing the piano during COVID-19 – A Holocaust Survivor Lifts Neighbors in Dark Times, New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/world/europe/holocaust-piano-brussels-coronavirus.html. As it is colder now, he keeps the window closed, but still plays the piano. I read the story and was moved by his story and his forgiveness. Thought it was a great Forgiveness Sundays post. There’s more to the story – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22188075

A Holocaust Survivor Lifts Neighbors in Dark Times

By Matina Stevis-Gridneff November 20, 2020


A student who listened to him speak at a Belgian school in 2012 called him soon after with a stunning proposal.

A Belgian man named Koenraad Tinel, an artist of similar age to Mr. Gronowski, had written about the guilt of being born into a Nazi family. His brother had been a guard at the Mechelen camp where Mr. Gronowski and his mother had been held before being placed on Convoy 20. Would Mr. Gronowski meet with him?

The two men, both more than 80 years old at the time, met at the humble offices of the Belgian Union of Progressive Jews.

“This is how our friendship was born,” said Mr. Gronowski. “And now Koenraad is more than a friend, he is a brother.”

The two wrote a book, “Finally, Liberated,” and gave lectures together.

When the older Tinel brother, Walter, the camp guard, was on his death bed, he asked to meet Mr. Gronowski and plead for forgiveness.

“I took him in my arms and I forgave him,” he said. “This forgiveness was a relief for him, but it was an even bigger relief for me.”



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