How Do Jews Retaliate when Threatened with Extinction? They Survive…and Multiply!

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!

Enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/198357872

 

 

Never Again!

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“Never Again!”

It is the mantra of the Jewish people.  It is ingrained in their students and it is trained IDF at Children's Meminto their military.  In fact, part of military training (mandatory for all Israeli 18-year-olds) is intensive onsite study at Yad Vashem, Masada and other relevant sites in Israel.  Those young people are fully immersed in why they are serving their country.  They become fully aware of the need for diligence in defending against those who seek their total annihilation.

During the Holocaust, the world in general stood by while the brutal Nazi regime plotted and sought to carry out the “Final Solution” (extermination of the Jews).  Indeed, had the Lord not been on their side, they would have perished.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Israel remembers their dead and their survivors.  We would do well to remember with them.  Ceremonies happen throughout Israel, but none is more moving than the one hosted by Yad Vashem.

You can get a glimpse of the ceremony that takes place by visiting A Nation Remembers.  Here is a short intro by Dr Susanna Kokkonen, a friend of mine and Director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem.

Take time today to remember…

A Must Read…Letter from a Young Jewish Girl from Nazi Death Camps

Many of you may follow Behold Israel, and you may be familiar with Amir Tsarfati.  If so, perhaps you have seen the letter his teen-age daughter, Maayan, wrote back to the family while she was visiting the death camps of Auschwitz and Treblinka.

If not, you will find it here.  Take time to read it.  It is powerful insight into just what the Holocaust meant to the Jewish people, and how fervent they are for LIFE!