I know a Jew who is all old age. He is certainly about 80. Last winter a great tragedy befell the old man. He had an only son who was about 52. The son died of typhus. He has no other children. And the son died. He did not marry a second time and lived with his son. A few days ago I visited the old man. When I left – his mind is still entirely clear – he burst out crying and said: "I want to see the end of the war, even if I live only another half an hour!"
Why should the old man wish so much to stay alive? There it is: even he wants to live, "if only half an hour" after the last shot is fired. This is the burning desire of all the Jews."
Extracted from A. Levin, Mi-Pinkaso shel ha-More mi-Yehudiya ("From the Notebook of the Teacher from Yehudiya"), Beit Lohamei ha-Geta’ot, 1969, p. 70.