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A story worth saving.

6 Apr

A Jewish woman was running from the Nazi’s during the war. She was starving, eating anything and everything that provided some – any – nourishment. She ate out of garbage cans. She didn’t stop moving because as she said, “You stopped, you died.” The woman was not only skin and bones, but had sores all over her body. Those made it difficult for her to move. 

As the war was drawing to an end, times grew worse. People – a lot of people – died at the end. This woman, this runner, this eater out of garbage cans, wasn’t sure she could make it another day herself.

But one day, a Russian man saw her, and her condition, and went into his home and came out with a piece of meat.

Her grandson, whom she was telling this story to, said, “He saved your life.”

“I didn’t eat it.”

“You didn’t eat it?”

“It was pork. I wouldn’t eat pork.”


“What do you mean why?”

“What, because it wasn’t kosher?”

“Of course.”

“But not even to save your life?”

“If nothing matters, there’s nothing to save.”


Find something that matters. Something worth saving. Something worth dying for. 


Story from Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals.