There is a famous Jewish singer, and I guess if I said their name you might know, but I was thinking about what I heard him say in an interview. He was talking about his mother, who was held in a concentration camp in Germany during WWII. His mother, grandmother, and great grandmother were all held in one camp together. His mother was 14 at the time. They came one day to take his great grandmother to the gas chamber. His grandmother refused to let her mother die alone, so she requested that she be allowed to go to the gas chamber with her. Of course they allowed it. So his grandmother and great grandmother went into the gas chamber and were killed. Now I'm thinking about the 14 year old girl (the singer's mother) that was left behind. If I had been her mother, I would have been too worried about my daughter being left behind to volunteer to die with my own mother. Perhaps there would have been a time when it would have been the grandmother's "turn" to be gassed. But as hard as it would be to let my mother go to her death alone, I would have had to stay with my daughter. What would you guys have done?
And I guess it's fitting I be reminded of this story since today is the fourth of July and we are all thankful for our freedom.