By COLlive reporter
Chabad bochurim Mendel Brandwine and Dovid Teichtel, on Merkos Shlichus in Krakow, Poland, are visiting homes and businesses to bring Jewish awareness to local Jews.
The two are in Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, assisting Shliach Rabbi Eliezer Gurary, who suggested they make the hour-long trip to the concentration camp in Auschwitz to meet fellow Jews and offer them a chance to do a Mitzvah.
When they arrived at the horrific site where scores of Jews were tortured and murdered, they met two brothers visiting the camp with their mother.
The Chabad bochurim asked if they were Jewish.
The answer was yes.
The bochurim then asked if they had ever put on Tefillin.
The answer was no.
So right there, in the very place where the Germans had tried to extinguish the Jewish flame, the two reaffirmed that the Jewish faith is still alive, by having a Bar Mitzvah and putting on Tefillin for the first time.
“We sang ‘Siman Tov U’Mazel Tov’ and danced together,” the bochurim told COLlive. “We were all very moved and inspired by the emotional event.”