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From incessant rocket attacks to threats of annihilation and fears of nuclear attack,
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“Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the Almighty Creator… by defending myself against ‘the JEW,’ I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” This faithful justification of a murderous purpose was penned by Adolph Hitler in his personal manifesto, “Mein Kamph” – (“My Struggle”). As he point by point built the case for annihilating the Jewish race. Hitler and his henchmen clearly planned from the beginning of the Nazi Party to execute a plan they called by the code name “the Final Solution of the Jewish Problem.”
Mark Twain wrote; “Jews constitute but 1% of the human race. It suggests a nebulous, dim puff of stardust in a blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he IS heard of. He is as prominent on this planet as any other people. His commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallest of his bulk. His contributions to the list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also altogether out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvellous fight in the world in all ages and he has done it with his hands tied behind him!”
The Jews have enriched all the nations in which they have settled-~ because, of the promise given by God to Abraham when he left his land to go to a land of God’s choosing… “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great, and thou shall be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). According to the Psalmist, God chose
Blessings through the Jews-~ even those who hate Jews take advantage daily of their many contributions. For example, those who have heart disease and use ‘Digitalis’ are benefiting from the work of Ludwick Traube. If one has a toothache and uses ‘Novocain,’ he is helped by the work of Carl Koller. If one contracts Typhoid Fever his recovery is likely to be the result of the work of two Jews, Wiedal and Weil. If one has Diabetes and uses Insulin, it is because that product is available through the research of a Jew named, Minkowsky. The list is long; the blessings that came to us are many.
In settling in their ancient homeland, the Jews brought blessings to the ARABS who dwelled there. Yes…! This may sound absurd in the light of present conflicts in the
In 1937 the Peel Commission was sent by
We must remember that when
The reclamation and anti-malarial work undertaken by early Jewish immigrants have benefited all Arabs in the neighbourhood. And, the Institutions founded with Jewish funds primary to serve the national home have also served the Arab population. The Arab’s charge that the Jews have obtained to large a proportion of good land cannot be maintained. Much of the
But if this is true…! Why the Arab-Israeli Conflict?
A similar question might also be asked concerning the reaction to Jews all over the world. Why are the Jews so malignant and hated when they are so productive and helpful? There can only be but one explanation – the fulfilment of prophecy; “and you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a by-word, among all nations wherever the Lord shall lead you” (Deut 28:37).
The Dilema-~ So the Jew finds himself in a difficult situation. He is a blessing, yet a by word. He is a treasure, yet he experiences great trouble. He is a contributor, yet he causes conflict wherever he goes. In short, although the material gains brought by Jews are desired, the Jew himself is unwanted. Nowhere was this truer than in
How did a HITLER happen? How did Hitler become to have such a fanatical hatred of the Jews? From whom and from what source did he get the insane idea that he was “doing the work of the Lord” by exterminating the Jews? And even more disturbing… how did he rally so many educated, cultured, and religious people to follow him in his scheme?
It is difficult to understand the often repeated excuse of many German people of that era who say, “We had no idea that Hitler was going to do those terrible things.” Hitler clearly spelled out what he intended to do. In his speeches to great mass rallies, he blatantly spewed out his hatred and his intentions to get rid of them. Hitler actually predicted the extermination of the European Jews before the whole German Parliament on 31st of January, 1939.
For many years “Mein Kampf” stood as proof of the blindness and complacency of the world. For in its pages Hitler announced – long before he came to power – a program of blood and terror in a self-revelation of such overwhelming frankness that few among its readers had the courage to believe it. Once again it was demonstrated that there was no more effective method of concealment than the broadest publicity… that such a man could go so far towards realizing his ambitions, and – above all – could find millions of willing tools and helpers; that is a phenomenon the world will ponder for centuries to come. Hitler killed a million Jewish babies just for existing!
Anti-Semitism - The Core of Nazism-~ One of the major sources to the rise of Nazism in
It is perplexing to note that the Nazi movement was started in
World War II was especially historic to Jews because it was the first time that the world Jewry found them-selves fighting a common enemy since they had battled the Romans in the First Century. In other wars they had patriotically defended the nations in which they had made their homes. Now, recognizing that Hitler was their declared foe, Jews everywhere gave full support to defeating him.
In 1939, when
While serving the Allies, however, the Jews found themselves in a conflicting situation. Hundreds of thousands of Jews were fleeing before the advancing German army, hoping for entry into
It is doubtful that any people ever suffered as the Jews during World War II when they were the special object of Hitler’s hatred. As the pace of the war increased, so did the mad dictator’s effort to destroy the Jews. When German military successes increased Nazi controlled territory, the nooses around Jewish necks were drawn tighter. And the conquest of adjacent nations meant the encirclement of hundreds of thousands more of the Jews in
German technical genius was set to work to build efficient equipment for the total destruction of the Jews. In Hitler’s words, this was to be the “final solution” to the Jewish problem. But without doubt, the most effective Jew killers were the Nazi concentration camps or death factories and there were many. Some of the Largest ones were; Sobibor, Treblinka and the most notorious
The story is almost too hideous to tell!
Moses had written, “Your life shall hang in doubt before you…” Deuteronomy 28:66. And, the prophecy was literally fulfilled in the concentration camps of Hitler’s murderous final solution.
From the “whistle to the smoke”…! The General procedure for Dutch Jews arriving at
Could the Psalmist who wrote Psalm 102: 1 - 11 have foreseen the holocaust? “…For my days go up like smoke, and my bones glow like a firebrand. My heart is stricken, and dried like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread. Because of the voice of my groaning, my bones hold fast to my skin… My enemies curse me all the day; and they who are mad against me are sworn against me. For I have eaten ashes like bread, and have mixed my drink with weeping…My days are like a shadow stretched out; and I wither like grass…”
Can the fountain from which such evil deeds flow be anything but satanic? On
Today we hear the same venomous speech… President of
However, anti-Jewish policies and anti-Jewish actions did not have their beginnings in 1933. For many centuries and in many countries, the Jews have been victims of destructive action.
Ponder on the following: Isaac de Costa a Portuguese Jew who became a prominent lawyer in Holland in the 19th century, when becoming a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) he began calling upon the churches to pray for the Jewish people. Deeply moved by his words, Willem ten Boom started a prayer group for this purpose in his home. His son,
During the Nazi occupation of
Colour drained from the man's face. He took a step back from me. “Miss ten Boom! I do hope you're not involved with any of this illegal concealment and undercover business. It's just not safe! Think of your father! And your sister… she's never been strong! . . .”
I pulled the coverlet from the baby's face. There was a long silence. The man bent forward, his hand in spite of himself reaching for the tiny fist curled round the blanket. For a moment I saw compassion and fear struggle in his face. Then he straightened. “No definitely not! We could lose our lives for that Jewish child!”
Unseen by either of us, Father had appeared in the doorway. “Give the child to me Corrie,” he said. Father held the baby close, his white beard brushing its cheek, looking into the little face with eyes as blue and as innocent as the baby’s own. At last he looked up at the pastor. “You say we could loose our lives for this child. I would consider that the greatest honour that could come to my family!”
The pastor turned sharply on his heels and walked out of the room. It wasn't long until Father ten Boom was granted this honour. Captured by the Gestapo, the entire household waited to be interrogated.
Suddenly the chief interrogator’s eye fell on Father. “That old man!” he cried. “Did he have to be arrested? You! Old man!” Willem led Father up to the desk. The Gestapo chief leaned forward. “I'd like to send you home, old fellow!” he said. “I'll take your word that you won't cause any more trouble.” I could not see Father's face, only the erect carriage of his shoulders and the halo of white hair above them. But I heard his voice… “If I go home today,” he said evenly and clearly, “tomorrow I will open my door again to any man in need who knocks.”
Casper ten Boom died within ten days. Two of his daughters were sent to Ravensbruck; one of them would die there. Others of his children and grand-children would die in other concentration camps or as a result of their internment. Corrie's sister Nollie, brother Willem, and nephew Peter were all released. Later, Corrie and her sister Betsie were sent to the Vught political concentration camp, and finally to the Ravens-bruck concentration camp in
In 1844 Willem ten Boom opened his home to people who would pray for and identify with the Jewish people. One hundred years later their prayers were answered when Willem's son and grandchildren came to fully identify with the Jewish people through imprisonment, persecution, and death…The Hiding Place – Corrie ten Boom
They are among those listed as Righteous among the Nations in
Sadly, only few assumed the entire responsibility for the Jews’ survival! It is mostly the last group that qualifies for the title of the “Righteous among the Nations:” In the rural areas in Eastern Europe hideouts or bunkers, as they were called, were dug under houses, cowsheds, barns, where the Jews would be concealed from sight. In addition to the threat of death that hung over the Jews' heads, physical conditions in such dark, cold, airless and crowded places over long periods of time were very hard to bear. Those helping Jews lives were terrorized too but would undertake to provide food – not an easy feat for poor families in wartime. Even the removing the excrements and taking care of all these human needs.
Jews were also hidden in attics, hideouts in the forest, and in any place that could provide shelter and concealment, such as a cemetery, sewers, animal cages in a zoo, etc. Sometimes the hiding Jews were presented as non-Jews, as relatives or adopted children. Jews were also hidden in apartments in cities, and children were placed in convents with the nuns concealing their true identity. In Western Europe Jews were mostly hidden in houses, farms or convents. Some helped Jews with great risk to their own lives get out of a zone of special danger in order to escape to a less dangerous location. Smuggling Jews out of ghettos and prisons, helping them cross borders into unoccupied countries or into areas where the persecution was less intense, for example to neutral Switzerland, into Italian controlled parts where there were no deportations, or Hungary before the German occupation in March 1944. (Yad VaShem - (
The Hebrew word for the Holocaust – “shoah” – says it all as it connotes a “sacrifice.” Like smoke rising from the
Anti-Semites are not only the enemies of the Jews, they are their own enemies and the enemies of mankind… All from Pharaoh to Hitler have been horribly judged for having fashioned their sword against God’s people. Czarist
God promised Abraham: “I will bless those who bless you (and your descendants); and I will curse those who curse you”(Genesis 12:1-3). We can see that the Germans have paid an awful price for allowing Hitler to lead them down a path contrary to Scripture, by declaring them to be a super race. He wanted to obtain the whole world but gained nothing but eternal damnation and those who followed him lost everything.
And we conclude with the fact that as the world blames the tiny State of Israel for all the problems in the Middle East, the Jews today would be hunted down and slaughtered just as they were during WW2… if it were not for the fact that Israel survives, prosperous, and remains the one safe haven for Jews throughout this world. A living, breathing Jew is what makes the Arabs as hostile today as the hostility that pre-dominated an upside down world during WW2. The question is WHO will stand with
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Alf & Julie Saunders
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