Hi friends! I have a very heartwarming story to share today. In December 2015 I was especially blessed to be invited to participate in a Christian Leaders Seminar at the Yad Vashem Museum and School for International Studies. It was an incredible experience, but one thing made it even more special than any other.
A pastor in our class happened to be the son of Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds. As we arrived for the seminar, that name meant little to most of us. However, by the end of that 8-day seminar, we discovered just what a hero Roddie Edmonds was! An incredible human being, he saved the lives of 200 Jews during WWII. That classmate, Chris Edmonds, shared the heroic story of his father, and while there at Yad Vashem for the seminar, got word his father was named Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s highest honor granted to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
In March 2016, Chris was invited to share his father’s story before an enthusiastic crowd of 18,000 at the annual AIPAC Conference. (You can see that video here.)
Recently, The Jewish Foundation of the Righteous produced a video, featuring Chris’ journey to Germany where his father commanded a unit of men captured by Nazi forces, then stood firm in protecting Jewish soldiers under his command. Four of Edmonds’ men (all Jewish) tell the story, and it’s well worth seeing! In the end, you see their revenge to the Nazis who hoped to wipe them out: they lived (thanks to Master Sergeant Edmonds) and multiplied!