We Remember Their Dignity and Sacrifice
Dear Friend of The Fellowship,
Today, I choose to think of the millions of innocent people murdered by the Nazis. I thought of the many Christians who put their lives on the line so that Jewish people might live. And I thought of those who survived and are still struggling both with bitter memories and crippling poverty. The Fellowship is committed to helping these men and women not just to survive, but to thrive, in their final years.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was General of the U.S. Army during World War II, wrote of the first time he encountered a Nazi death camp:
“I have never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality … I have never at any other time experienced an equal sense of shock.” He added, “Of all these DPs [Displaced Persons] the Jews were in the most deplorable condition. For years they had been beaten, starved, and tortured.”
Eisenhower documented Nazi atrocities so that the world would know the truth about what had happened. Since that time, Holocaust memorials and museums have sprung up across the world. Israel has its own Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) in the spring. And, in 2005, the United Nations designated January 27 – the date of the liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in 1945 – as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Let us all remember those who died, those who fought evil against seemingly impossible odds, and those who miraculously survived. And let us pray for the day that God will bless us with His most precious gift of shalom, peace.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein
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