Christmas Miracle: an escape from Nazis on Christmas Eve

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Fania Paszt - Photo courtesy of St. Anthony Messenger Fania Paszt – Photo courtesy of St. Anthony Messenger

In the Dec. 14 issue of St. Anthony Messenger, a rabbi and the magazine’s editor recount the story of a Christmas miracle that happened to a young Jewish woman.

The woman was the mother of the article’s co-writer, Rabbi Abie Ingber, executive director of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He tells the story of Fania Paszt’s harrowing escape from Nazis which began in August 1942, when she was almost 20 years old and was one of the last survivors of the Lutsk ghetto in Poland.

“No one could ever know why she was spared and her parents, her brothers, and other family members were so brutally murdered. Catholics and evangelical Christians, farmers and peasants, each arriving at a precise lifesaving moment, hid her in attics, cellars, chicken coops, and the flue of a country…

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