The author describes the preoccupation of the Jewish community with the Holocaust. He argues that this carries with it the potential that we would lose the capacity to transmit values that are positive and life-creating to our children, lose the capacity to deal with the external world in the way that our people have always dealt with it. He suggests that one of the things we needed to do is to explore the opportunity for insight into the human condition which the Holocaust in all its horror provided in the persons of those people who, at great risk to themselves, to their own lives, and drawn from the most ordinary circumstances
of existence, performed heroic deeds in saving Jews. He emphasizes that as each day passes, we lose the raw material of learning that kind of a lesson, because the numbers of survivors and rescuers become fewer.