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Nuremberg

July 24, 2016

Defendants in the dock at Nuremberg Trials (front row:  Hermann Goring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Wilhelm Keitel), National Archives and Records Administration (Identifier 540128), (PD- Federal Govt.)

“Of one thing we may be sure.  The future will never have to ask, with misgiving:  ‘What could the Nazis have said in their favor?’  History will know that whatever could be said, they were allowed to say.  They have been given the kind of a trial which they, in the days of their pomp and power, never gave to any man.

But fairness is not weakness.  The extraordinary fairness of these hearings is an attribute of our strength.”

–        Excerpt from the closing argument by Robert Jackson at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials

Last year marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.  This year, Pres. Francois Hollande of France commemorated International Holocaust Remembrance Day by meeting with Pres. Hasan Rouhani of Iran, a nation that denies the Holocaust.

Everywhere, anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic violence are on the rise.

According to the Kantor Center for the Study of European Jewry, there has been at least a 40% increase in such incidents worldwide, since 2013 [1].   Violence against Jews has included the killing of four men in a kosher supermarket in Paris, the stabbing of a rabbi in Marseilles, the killing of a guard at a Copenhagen synagogue, the beating of a man in a Berlin subway, and an attack on congregants at a London synagogue.

The EU has chosen to interject itself into the Palestinian conflict by labeling Jewish goods as from occupied Judea, Samaria a/k/a the West Bank, and the Golan Heights – never mind that there are 200 other territorial disputes across the globe which have not received this attention, including China’s occupation of Tibet [2].

That Israel is routinely described by the UN as conducting a war of extermination against Palestinians (rather than defending itself against the terrorism of al-Qaeda, the PLO, Hamas, Hizballah, and others) does not help the situation.  The European refugee crisis which is bringing large numbers of Muslims into Europe is only expected to exacerbate matters.

None of those participating in the Nuremberg trials – whether for the prosecution or defense – could have imagined that the horrors so extensively documented there would be forgotten in the space of a generation.  But we are perilously close to that now.

A few dusty relics in a museum, a ceremony that has lost its meaning, cannot keep the truth alive.  The truth must live in our hearts.  Otherwise, it loses its power.

Empty gestures will not suffice to keep evil at bay.

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness…” (Isaiah 5: 20).

[1]  The Jerusalem Post, Diaspora, “Analysis:  European Anti-Semitism Likely to Grow in 2016”, 1/5/16, http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/Analysis-European-anti-Semitism-likely-to-grow-in-2016-439422.

[2]  CNN, “Anti-Semitism Thriving in Europre” by Michael Oren, 2/17/16,  http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/17/opinions/europe-anti-semitism-thriving-oren/index.html.

Our hearts go out to the recent victims of violence in Germany and their families.

READERS CAN FIND MY VIEWS ON ABUSE AND ABUSE-RELATED ISSUES AT ANNA WALDHERR A Voice Reclaimed, Surviving Child Abuse  https://avoicereclaimed.com

28 Comments
  1. “Empty gestures will not suffice to keep evil at bay”–here, here! Love your posts, Anna–“you go, girl”! And may God bless you with His abundant favor. xxoo, Stella

    • You are good for my heart, Shadeau! Stella, huh? You deserve to come out of the shadows. You are precious in God’s sight. ❤

      • I’ve been called the Mata Hari of blogs–so many names/disguises 🙂 Stella seems to be an easy and popular name for now–I doubt I’ll ever use my legal name…but you never know, as God continues to break the chains 🙂 I am ever glad to do your heart good ❤

  2. Timely article Anna. You are correct, Antisemitism seems to be having a resurgence. Just the other day I saw it in what seemed like the oddest of places. It was actually at the blog of a non believer where the discussion was about police shootings. I was just watching, as I generally don’t have much to day on the atheists blogs, as that just turns into a mockery fest usually. Anyway, right in the middle of a discussion on prejudice and discrimination, somebody said something about Israel, and the tone took a rather amazing shift. Here, the same group of people standing so strongly for the rights of one group of oppressed folks more or less turned with a vengeance against another group of those discriminated against. One comment even hinted that the Holocaust, in light of the way they thought Israel was treating Palestinians, wasn’t really so bad.

    For real, seriously? No other group of people has been subject to constant, historical, and never ceasing efforts to eradicate them like the Jews have…..and it’s as if all that never happened.

    Thanks for the soapbox, my friend.

    • You can join me on the soapbox anytime, Wally. 😉 I think the Jews have been persecuted throughout history for one simple reason. God chose them as His people. That was bound to make them a target. Always grateful for your input!

      • That’s exactly the point isn’t it, Anna. Sort of proves a lot of things in God’s Word by virtue of the fact that it happens. Yet, nobody sees it..odd

      • One day the scales will fall from the world’s eyes, Wally. Let’s hope it’s not too late.

  3. Dear Anna,

    Whether it is Nazis killing Jews or Muslims killing Christians and others in the name of their just and “holy” cause, the spirit behind it is the same. The same spirit was also in the Jews that sought to kill Jesus and He called them on it…

    “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44, ESV2011)

    The only thing that sets us free of the desires of the devil working in us is to be crucified to our adamic natures and born of the Spirit of Christ. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

    • Yes, evil can adopt different guises. But the origin is always the same. Thank you for your insights, Michael.

  4. Wonderful post Anna and yet another reminder of how selective the world has become in what it accepts or rejects as truth. This should come as no surprise however,as the German populace themselves willingly looked the other way while the systematic annihilation of an entire race of people was taking place right in front of them. As well as the church I might add,painful as it is to admit.

    Our generation has failed in my opinion to teach this generation about the horrors of the past,and our failure to do so has left the door open for other “voices”to fill the void. Whether it was our unconscious desire to “spare them the gruesome details”,or because we cannot admit that man is inherently evil apart from God,the fact remains that an entire generation is ignorant of the barbaric actions of the German Nazi war machine.

    Be that as it may,what I find most disheartening is that this generation,for all its technological advantages and access to information has chosen to reject the Holocaust but will accept as factual the lies being perpetrated against it. It is if as the line between reality and virtual reality have become so obscure that they have become one. Again,the world is becoming more adept,more selective every day as to what it will accept as truth. Far from the Age of Enlightenment,it is apparent that humanity is moving backwards instead of forwards.

    Even if that means manufacturing their own version of the truth.

    • How perceptive you are, Ron! I find the rejection of select truths chilling. As you say, it is rooted in our reluctance to admit man is evil without God. But pride goes before destruction (Prov. 16: 18). That is as true today as it was in the Garden — whether we want to believe it or not.

  5. Monochrome nightmares permalink

    How can anyone in their
    right mind, deny the Holocaust
    ever happened?

    An excellent and thought provoking
    post Anna.

  6. tabitha59reachingout permalink

    As always, another quality post, Anna. Thank you. 🙂

  7. tabitha59reachingout permalink

    Reblogged this on sistersreachout and commented:
    This post is dedicated especially to my younger readers. There is a saying that history will repeat itself if we don’t learn from it. Our generation has not done well in teaching the younger about our tragic mistakes. I hope this post and the following comments will help to make up for that. God bless you all, Debbie 🙂

  8. Apple of His Eye permalink

    Really interesting Anna, thank you for sharing. Truly the darkness has descended where evil is called good and good evil. Blessings to you dear Anna….. jacky xx [nb = new blog] 🙂

  9. Great post.. Antisemitism or going against Israel and Gods chosen people is not wise.. Dividing the land that God deeded to His chosen people.. truly not wise.. Genesis 12:3. . I choose to love them and be blessed.. 🙂

  10. Sadly true… Mind-boggling to witness how
    twisted the truth has become in so few years! :-/ 💜 Jackie@KWH

  11. I thank you for supporting the Jews and Israel.

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