R' Schlesinger, Auchwitz Survivor, Mesmerizes FTI Bochurim
Yeshiva is Honored with a Living Story of Triumph
R' Shlomo Schlesinger of Boro Park was in Cherry Hill for Shabbos parshas Acharei Mos at the Bar Mitzvah of his great-grandson Moshe Davidowitz. Sunday morning, after davening in the Yeshiva, he was asked by his grandson Rabbi Yisrael Davidowitz, one of the Roshei Yeshiva at FTI, to describe to the boys what he experienced during the war years.
For the next 40 minutes you could hear a pin drop as 65 boys, plus the hanhala, listened intently while he described what it was like being a bochur in Bendin, Poland, before the war without a dormitory, without the Yeshiva providing food, and with many other hardships. He then compared that to the comforts and conveniences that bochurim have today and urged the bochurim to take full advantage and learn with hasmoda and yegia. Then he described the frightful events leading up to the war and detailed many of the horrors of the ghettos and concentration camps. He ended on a high note of how he always had his bitachon and emunah through it all and saw amazing nissim and Yad Hashem constantly.