Here is an article that appeared in “Light Magazine”, a popular publication with very Yeshivish leanings in the 70s and 80s. The article is about Rav Breuer zl and was published shortly after his passing. The irony is that it tells a story of a Yeshiva bochur who asked advice about going to college and Rav Breuer tells him “yehoreg v’al ya’avor!” (Better to die a martyr than transgress!) Click here for the article.
In a subsequent issue a reader, Mr. Cohnen, calls them out on this story as “Rav Breuer had two grandsons attending college that lived in the same apartment as he did!” Here and below.
The editor responds that the bochur quoted was attending a Chasidish Yeshiva at the time and the advice might have been tailored for him specifically. The letter is also attached.
Here is what is not funny. In the 1990s bochurim in Yeshivah used to trade tapes of gedolim addressing issues of college and the like. One popular tape was of a maggid shiur in Long Beach. During his talk he says, “…and if you think that the German Jews believe in college, let me read you an excerpt of an article about Rav Breuer…”- and he proceeds to read it!
Enjoy the read!