Talking to my waitress in a restaurant this week, I was horrified. I’d mentioned the Holocaust, but she had no idea what I was talking about. She stood there with a smile on her face and shook her head.“Holocaust? What’s that?”
As we pause this week for Yom Ha Shoah, remembering that six million Jewish lives were extinguished just over seventy years ago, I see this as one more tragedy added to all the rest — the fact that a growing percentage of our population doesn’t even know it happened. Impossibly, many people don’t have the first clue about the devastations of the Holocaust. They didn’t learn about World War 2 and, through no fault of their own, don’t even know that they don’t know.
Appallingly, many are ignorant of the fact that thereason six million victims were violently slaughtered in the not-so-distant past … was the simple fact that they were Jewish. They weren’t taught about the humiliating degradation of Europe’s Jewish citizens as they were imprisoned together in cramped ghettoes, treated like animals and ravaged by disease, hunger and death.
They do not know that Jewish people were rounded up, jammed into train box cars and herded off to hellish death-camps. Nor do they know how, once there, Jewish prisoners were coldly divided into categories, cruelly and coldly examined, then methodically eliminated by the National Socialist Party of Germany (Nazis).
This week, Chosen People Ministries is standing together with Jewish people all over the world. As we observe Yom Ha Shoah with our friends this Wednesday, we will remember the ones who were lost. We’ll be grieving the fact that the world has lost so much and will never be what it could have been, had those Jewish people lived.
As we try to fathom the unfathomable horrors of the Nazi regime, the evil force that terrorized and wiped out six million lives between 1933 and 1945, we’re asking friends of this ministry to remember with us – and to go even one step further.
Sirens will sound across Israel this Wednesday. Every single vehicle and Jewish person will stop whatever they’re doing for three minutes to remember the lost. Will you stop and remember too?
World War 2 was a long time ago, but its impact remains. It cruelly touched our world when we lost so many.
Will you take three minutes to pray for God’s chosen people?
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