I read the recent obituary of Dr. Tina Strobos, a woman who during World War II hid more than 100 Jews in her attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam, not far from where Anne Frank was captured, and I wondered where did she get the courage to do this. The article in The New York Times quoted her response when asked why she had taken such risk. ”It’s the right thing to do…Your conscience tells you to do it. I believe in heroism…” (See March 2, 2012 http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B0DE0DF1F30F931A35750C0A9649D8B63)
I couldn’t help wondering whether I would be so brave as she was in living through such a terrible period in history, risking my life to help others. I would want to believe I would be, but who knows for sure until the situation arises. I can only thank God that there are such people as Tina Strobos in the world — it gives one hope about the infinite goodness and mercy that reside in people despite the terrors of war and the pain, hurt and hunger that so many people face in their daily lives.