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“When the ghetto uprising broke out in 1943, Mr. Gutman was responsible for the security of a bunker where wounded were taken. . . . Once, when leaving the bunker, he and others were confronted by German soldiers, and he shot one of them. The soldiers threw a grenade, wounding him in the eye. . . . In a video recorded by Yad Vashem, Professor Gutman said of the Warsaw ghetto revolt, ‘We knew we had no chance,’ but he added that ‘there was a sense of duty to participate in the uprising.’ ”--Isabel Kershner, New York Times
Lawrence Bush edited Jewish Currents from 2003 until 2018. He is the author of Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist, among other books. His new volume of illustrated Torah commentaries, American Torah Toons 2, is scheduled for publication this year.