This past Thursday, a Jewish woman came to my Freshman Beginnings class to give her Holocaust survival story.
While I, like most American people, have a fair knowledge about the Holocaust and its horrifying details, I found it particularly fascinating to sit in the presence of an actual victim and hear the live words of her experience.
But that day I heard something I never heard before, and I saw a new level of the human capacity for evil.
The Day of Atonement is one of the most sacred days in Jewish culture, a day of fasting and purification. Respectable, religious Jews would practice this day, whether at a concentration camp or not. And on the Day of Atonement, this woman watched Nazis take pork sandwiches and shove them into the mouths of some of the older Jews.