Some may be aware of the name “Adolf Hitler” and his leadership over Germany during the 1930’s & 1940’s. What some may not be aware of, is that Hitler was elected into leadership. During his reign, he promoted Germans as a superior race, and every other race, especially the Jews, were inferior. “In 1935, Jews lost their citizenship and right to marry non-Jewish persons. By 1938, thousands of synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed. Over 30,000 had been arrested for no other reason than being Jewish.” Jewish business owners found their businesses being marked by authorities as a “Jewish” business. All Jews were eventually marked with the Jewish star. Eventually, all Jews were transported to ghettos, and finally, to concentration camps. Upon arrival at these concentration camps, “people were immediately selected for work or death”. The mass murdering of Jews continued on until May 7, 1945, when German forces surrendered to Allied forces.
This is a horrifying reality, but we must remember it so that it will never be repeated. As we take the time to remember this event in history, it is important to look at how Israel remembers their own personal history. As Daniel Pomerantz, of Honest Reporting, shows us, a siren is sounded every year on April 24th, for 2 minutes to remember The Holocaust. “At exactly 10 o’clock, something incredible is going to happen. All over the whole country of Israel, sirens sound; and for exactly two minutes everything stops.” It is a sight to see every activity imaginable and event come to a halt for two minutes as an entire country remembers their tragic history. No moving. No talking. No cars driving. No texting. Nothing.
As Israel takes the time to remember this important moment, President Trump also shared his personal response on this day of remembrance. “On Yom Hashoah, we look back at the darkest chapter of human history. We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge never again, I say it, never again.” President Trump continues, “The mind cannot fathom the pain, the horror, and the loss. Six million Jews, 2/3 of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear.” As we remember these horrible years of Israel’s history, the President also shares vision and hope as he speaks of the determination of the Jewish people. “Today, only decades removed from the Holocaust, we see a great nation risen from the desert, and we see a proud Star of David waving above the state of Israel. The star is a symbol of Jewish perseverance.”
As devastating of an event as The Holocaust is, there are people that deny it ever happened. When people deny your pain, they are about to repeat your pain. It is so important to remember where we come from. If we neglect to know our history, we are bound to repeat it. Hananya Naftali interviews a Holocaust survivor, Ida Greenberg, and asks her about her memories. Ida is 95 years old. When Naftali asked if she thought she would survive the Holocaust, she shared this response. “No one knew. It was hell. So no one knew what tomorrow brings.” During the Holocaust, she only had one wish. “I wanted to see my parents but no…I didn’t manage to see them.” She continues to share how the Nazis came at night and took her parents. To those who deny the Holocaust ever occurred, Greenberg says, “…in every family of survivors, there is a remaining wound. How can someone say that it didn’t happened?”
When we look at such horrible tragedies, we see the realities of evil. There is a reason why an individual would have such hatred towards another human being, they are being controlled by darkness. Those who are led by such evil can be rescued from such darkness by denying their god and turning to the One True God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord over their lives. Amidst such evil and darkness, there is hope. There is hope in Jesus Christ. See the full conversation to better understand the significance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, and so much more. Also shared in this segment: Auschwitz, Adolf Hitler, Third Reich, Germany, Europe, Poland, extermination of Jews, Israel, and President Donald Trump. Greg and John shared in this segment.
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