Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo speculates on the implications of resurgent memory in our day. Could it be that we are witnessing the revival of the dead without even recognizing it?
He can’t speak of what he was forced to do to survive the horrors of Birkenau. She is haunted by a memory of something she could not have lived. Together, they must unlock the gates of memory and face unspeakable horror, to find the hope that lies beyond despair.
How do we come to terms with the past? What is responsibility? What choice do we have when all choices are taken from us? How can we accept the unacceptable, and still be who we were? Even if others are willing to forgive, how can we forgive yourselves? How can we know we are truly forgiven?
A Damaged Mirror explores some very difficult questions, such as when death becomes a moral obligation. These are the questions that Ovadya had to face in the Birkenau Sonderkommando, and still wrestled with decades later.