Shlomo Katz

A miracle in the middle of the deepest darkness

I listen to a classical radio station while driving car as well as at home. I heard about pieces of music that listeners wanted to trace. We were told about a then 27-year-old old Jewish cantor Shlomo Katz from Romania was ordered to sing in a concentration camp in 1942 while his fellow Jewish were ordered to dig their own graves.

The commander got so moved that he let him escape so that he survived. The lamenting song was called “El male rahamim”. He recorded the song in 1950 five years after the war. I am so glad I happened to hear this. I pulled the car to a parking place to listen and to write this story. The old song is found also on YouTube. He immigrated to New York after the war.

The picture was given to me by my Romanian blogging friend Paul Militaru

red-leaves Paul Militaru

Paul Militaru/ Red leaves

I have always wondered how I would cope with a situation like that being forced to die as a young person or see your family members die. I treasure people who will go into a resistance against evil powers and governments who would let things like that happen.


  1. I knew this story, but it was nice to have a reminder that even the most evil among us can be touched by beauty – and that miracles sometimes happen when they are. The survival of Shlomo Katz is truly a miracle.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
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  2. Having courage every day is difficult thing to accomplish, but those who spent time in the camps know the struggle all too well. I’ll need to listen to the song.


  3. My dad was a survivor. Very rarely talked about his experience, and understandably so. It also affects the second and third generation in ways you wouldn’t think. I’m always interested in stories about the Holocaust. Interestingly, I knew a girl whose grandfather had been a camp guard, and the similarities in our upbringing were astounding.


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