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Kiddush Hashem

a Hebrew term meaning "sanctifying the Name [of God]", denotes exemplary conduct in connection with religious martyrdom.

Historically, the choice of accepting martyrdom was an option, and conversion or expulsion were alternatives. The Holocaust eliminated the element of choice.

Where rescue was impossible and resistance would be futile there are numerous accounts of Jews going to their deaths with dignity.


Source: Encyclopedia of the Holocaust.



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