Remember the Holocaust
On the 27th January 2020, Jewish people the world over will mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest camp established by the Germans, which was liberated by the Red Army on the 27th January 1945.
Auschwitz-Birkenau was the infamous concentration and extermination camp where more than a million Jews, Gypsies, Soviets, and Poles were murdered.
On the 21st April 2020, Jewish people the world over will commemorate ‘Yom Ha Shoah’ (Holocaust Remembrance Day), remembering the death of six million Jews in the Holocaust.
Jewish people say: “Lest we forget”.
You see, Jewish people will never forget the terrible, evil event known as the Holocaust.
Yet judging by the terrible rise in anti-Semitism, the world seems to have already forgotten.
I remember standing in front of the Holocaust memorial in a beautiful park in Odessa, Ukraine.
Hearing the account of how the Jewish people were rounded up from the very spot on which I was standing and then marched to the railway station to be herded into wooden cattle cars like animals sent to the slaughter brought anguish to my heart.
As a Jew who grew up attending a Jewish school and who was always involved with the Jewish community, I had heard many accounts of the Holocaust and seen too many ghastly images of the annihilation of my fellow Jewish brothers and sisters during the Holocaust…in ‘Yad Vashem’ in Jerusalem and other Holocaust museums.
But for the first time in my life, I was standing at one of the very spots where this inhumane event took place.
“The alleged Hitlerian gas chambers and the alleged genocide of the Jews form one and the same historical lie, which permitted a gigantic financial swindle whose chief beneficiaries have been the State of Israel and international Zionism, and whose main victims have been the German people and the Palestinian people as a whole.”
The above quote is one of many whose authors deny that the Holocaust. This quote was not written by a Muslim, an Arab or a German; it was written by an Anglo Saxon who is clearly and obviously anti-Semitic.
Holocaust denial consists of claims that the genocide during World War 2 - usually referred to as the Holocaust - did not occur at all, or that it did not happen in the manner or to the extent historically recognized.
Most Holocaust denial claims imply - or openly state - that the Holocaust is a hoax arising out of a deliberate Jewish conspiracy to advance the interest of Jews at the expense of other peoples.
For this reason, Holocaust denial is generally considered to be totally due to anti-Semitism.
Well I have news for the author of the above quote as well as for all Holocaust deniers – The Holocaust was real; it happened; and it took place exactly as described.
Why do I say this so emphatically? Because, while in Odessa, I personally met with and spoke to Holocaust survivors. I saw the numbers tattooed on their arms with my own eyes and I heard their horrifying stories with my own ears.
I stood on the very streets where Jewish blood was spilled, and I stood on the very spot from which innocent Jewish men, women and children were marched to the train station to be herded into cattle cars like animals and sent to their murder in concentration camps.
I was in the very city where five Jewish Ghettos’ were erected, housing innocent Jewish men, women and children in inhumane conditions.
To my horror and sadness, my wife and I were told that when members of the Jewish agency who support Holocaust survivors in Odessa went into the streets of Odessa to ask the younger generation what the Holocaust was, some of the answers were the following: ‘The Holocaust is something out of China’; ‘The Holocaust is a plant of some sort’.
The youth of today, who live in a city where the atrocities of the Holocaust took place less than 80 years ago, have no clue about the Holocaust. And Holocaust survivors live among them - WHAT A DISGRACE!
However, is it any different amongst other nations – even amongst some of the church?
Many gentiles and professing Christians may know about the Holocaust, but do they care? After all ‘it’s a Jewish thing’.
I am not saying that this is the general attitude of the church and of church leaders, but sadly I do have to say that I have been to many churches – both large and small – and the indifference amongst some church leaders to the Jewish people and Israel dismays and saddens me.
I spoke with the director of the Jewish agency who supports the Holocaust survivors in Odessa, himself a holocaust survivor. It was he who told my wife and I about the survey taken amongst the youth in Odessa. As he told us, tears shot into his eyes.
I promised him that as long as I had breath in my body, I would not let the world - and the church - forget about the horrific, brutal murder of twelve million innocent men, women and children, six million of whom were Jewish - whose only crime was that they were Jewish.
I will make sure that, wherever and whenever I can, I will relate what happened to six million Jews in the Holocaust; and so should you – especially if you are Jewish or a professing Christian.
In my opinion, keeping quiet about the Holocaust is just as bad as denying the Holocaust.
Again this is just my opinion, but I think G-d will not only judge those who perpetrated the Holocaust, He will also judge those who deny that the Holocaust happened.
We cannot let the world forget the genocide that took place a generation ago. We cannot let the world dismiss the murder of six million Jews as ‘history’.
If we do that, we then condone the genocide that is taking place right now in many countries throughout the world; as this, too, is ‘history in the making’.
If we deny the Holocaust and if we do not learn the lessons from this atrocious event in human history, it will happen again…and this time, you may be the victim.
And even today, as the world has erupted into the madness of anti-Semitism, the likes of which we haven't seen in seven decades, let us never forget the Holocaust. Let us boldly stand against those who would deny it.
Let us remember those Jews, Gypsies, Soviets, and Poles who were murdered in Auschwitz Birkenau concentration and extermination camp and in the Holocaust.
Let us also remember those Jews who got the best revenge against their tormentors by surviving.
They survived, started or rebuilt their families, and helped to create a State called Israel, to ensure that this never happens again.
I had the privilege of meeting with a number of Jewish Holocaust survivors in Odessa (now in their late eighties and nineties) and I had the privilege of leading three of them to faith in Yeshua.
I would like to end by challenging those of you who are Born Again Believers in Yeshua and know Jewish people: Tell them about Yeshua and plant the seeds of salvation in their hearts. Who knows, maybe you too will have the privilege of leading a Jewish soul to Yeshua…maybe even a Holocaust survivor.