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May 19, 1995 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-05-19

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of struggle," he said. Near the
middle of the tour the group gath-
ered underneath a replica of the
infamous Arbeit Macht Frie
(work makes free) sign that stood
at the gates of Auschwitz. To the
left is a small theater playing
videotapes of local survivors
telling their stories. Only frag-
ments could be heard outside:
"Blood made never-ending lines
in the white snow" and "deport-
ed to Auschwitz" and "she was
holding the baby and she fell
down in the grave."
Near the end of the tour the
group paused in front of a mod-
el of a death camp, where a
searchlight — like those at guard
towers — spun dizzily around the
room. One of the last stops was a

Hospice serves
650 patients daily,
about 40 of whom
are Jewish.

film showing British troops lib-
erating Bergen-Belsen. One sur-
vivor, a woman, grabs a soldier's
hand. Weeping, she holds his
hand to her cheek.
For some, like Ms. Tarnow, the
visit was overwhelming and an-
guishing. She isn't Jewish, but
that isn't the issue, she said. "It
has nothing to do with being Jew-
ish and everything to do with be-
ing human."
Others clearly were less
moved. One woman looked at her
watch throughout the tour; an-
other made light conversation
with a friend.
Hospice serves 650 patients
daily, about 40 of whom are Jew-
ish, Rabbi Freedman said.
Among those who work with
clients is Leah Malone, a social
worker and one of a handful of
Jews from Hospice on the HMC
"Whenever you're working
with someone who is dying
there's a lot oflife-closure issues
— a reviewing of the past and a
reviewing of life — in an attempt
to come to a resolution," she said.
Inevitably, the issue of the
Holocaust comes up with sur-
vivors. Ms. Malone is ready to lis-
"I'm here to make sure they
(patients) have everything they
need, physically and emotional-
ly," she said. Often, what's most
helpful to survivors is simply
knowing someone is there to lis-
ten, she said. ❑

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