Dying "al kiddush Hashem"

mosh@mail.netvision.net.il
Sat, 11 Jan 97 23:09:20 PST

The various religious newspaper articles I've read seem to say that *all*
those who were murdered in the Holocaust are considered to have died "al
kiddush Hashem" (in the sanctification of G-d's Name), including
individuals who had cut off all ties to their Jewish heritage. It also
seems that victims of anti-Israeli terror and Israeli soldiers who died in
action are also included in this category. I thought only those who give up
their lives in order not to transgress a Torah law earn this distinction.
Does anybody know of a source which discusses this issue?

Thank you,

Moshe Schapiro