All around the world, every moment of everyday someone encounters a moral dilemma whether it is minuscule or monumental. Going against ones religious or moral beliefs can be problematic; it may in fact be so moving that it causes one to reexamine their entire thought process. Regardless of ones age during the Holocaust, so many were faced with unbelievable ethical dilemmas. Many Jewish leaders faced moral dilemmas and made heroic decisions; many made life or death decisions to save themselves or others from the horrific plans of the Nazis, , denied Nazi orders in order to protect their loved ones, and several helped others survive.
Crisis situations and heavy consciences
Being placed in a crisis moment is difficult, it may in fact cause a person to challenge their own morals, allow a person to see how far they will go. Many people during the Holocaust had to choose between life or death in order to protect their loved ones. No matter the cost people made these decisions with heavy consciences. In September 1942, one particular Jewish med student gave deadly doses of morphine to many Jewish patients to spare them the inhumane death that the Nazis were going to deliver upon them (Nevins). This medical student took action against what the Nazi Party had in store for Jewish patients. He killed many people to protect them, regardless of the consequences that would later be in store. “…the major opened the door to find four Jews and his loyal Polish servant preparing food for the others.
Gut had no choice but to throw herself at the elderly major’s feet and beg for mercy. “They are my friends,” she pleaded with him. “I had to help them. I couldn’t let them die. (Fogelman).” Going against the Nazis was extremely risqué but many did this to keep their friends and loved ones alive for as long as possible.
A difficult decision
Many people denied Nazi orders in order to protect their loved ones. Regardless of the consequences that this ensued these people proved courageous and faced these impossible odds. “Rabbi Efrati ran into a moral dilemma while there was a search on the house that his brother and nineteen other Jews were in hiding. An infant burst out crying in the bunker during the search. He was faced with the choice of murdering the infant to save the others or risk them being found (Nevins).”The ethical plight that Rabbi Efrati encountered is unimaginable, to choose between twenty innocent lives and one infants life. He had a life or death decision to make for himself and twenty others. “Later that evening, the physically repulsive major summoned Gut to his room. He pulled her onto his lap and then took her to his bed. He insisted that she have sex with him; had she resisted, she would have placed the Jews in mortal danger. Eventually, the major promised to let the Jews stay. Gut never told the people whose lives she had saved what she had done to make their safety possible (Fogelman).” Without Irene’s sacrifice the hidden Jews would...