The year was 1938. All across Germany the Nazi propaganda machine had been spewing out lies and deceptions about the Jews, trying to rally the German people behind their effort to eventually eliminate every last Jew. Germany had had many economic problems due, in part, to the strict reparations imposed on them by the League of Nations and the Great Depression which came in 1929 (a) (See Works Cited at the end). The Nazis had blamed the Jews for their economy. They had blamed the Jews for their problems and the hatred of the Jews was reaching a boiling point.
Anti-Semitism in Medieval Europe
Like their European ancestors before them, the citizens of Nazi Germany blamed the Jews for their national and personal problems. Blaming the Jews for problems and then killing them later is nothing the Nazis invented. Nearly 550 years earlier, in 1389, hatred toward the Jews was also boiling over in the medieval city of Prague.
The Jews were not allowed to live with the rest of the people of most European cities and instead lived in separate communities called Ghettos. Due to a Catholic belief that Catholics should not be creditors or tax collectors, those jobs were left for the Jews (c). This sadly gave the Europeans an excuse to hate them more. Jews were blamed for sicknesses which were really due to bad hygiene and other problems. In 1389, citizens of Prague massacred thousands of Jews in the Prague Ghetto and looted and ransacked their homes (b).
Fast-forwarding to 1938, over five-hundred years later, Nazi Germany was also blaming the Jews for her problems. The propaganda was working and during the night of November 9–10 (later called “Kristallnacht”), thousands of Germans took out their anger on the Jews. Across Germany (which included Austria at the time) over 1,000 synagogues were set ablaze and approximately 7,500 Jewish businesses were looted and vandalized (d). During the chaos, over 90 Jews were murdered and 30,000 were arrested. While this horror was taking place, fire brigades and police were told to let Jewish properties burn and be vandalized. They could only intervene if “Aryan” properties were accidentally harmed (d).
Tragic Events Leading Up to the Holocaust
The Nazi government had been preparing the Germans for their ultimate goal of erasing the Jews from the face of the Earth. They knew that the German people would not accept the Holocaust the very moment Hitler first came to power. During the early years of Hitler’s reign, Nazis conducted a large propaganda campaign to brainwash the German people into hating the Jews. In the early days, Jews were strongly encouraged to leave Germany, but only if they paid a large fine, which many Jews couldn’t afford (a). Many did not because they had always lived in Germany and had family and friends there. Time went on and the persecution of the Jews got more intense.
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Jewish shop to deter Germans from entering.)
Jewish schoolchildren were allowed to be bullied and anti-semitic lies were taught at the schools (a). When Jews went to buy food for their families, they were turned away from many grocery stores (a). Five years after Hitler became Chancellor of Germany, “Kristallnacht” —the night of broken glass—arrived on November 9, 1938.
After that time, the persecution of the Jews became more intense. In 1939, Der Stürmer, a German newspaper, boldly stated: "The Jewish people ought to be exterminated root and branch. Then the plague of pests would have disappeared in Poland at one stroke” (f).
Hitler’s “Final Solution”
This extermination of the Jewish people became a concrete plan in 1941, after a couple years of discussion and planning. Before 1941, Hitler and his high command wanted to eventually exterminate the Jews, but after first resettling them in non-German lands (g). There were apparently no concrete plans for the mass-extermination of the Jews until Operation Barbarossa took place (the German invasion of Russia in 1941) (g).
"Gentlemen,” Hans Frank, the Nazi Gauleiter of Poland, said during a December 16, 1941 cabinet meeting, “I must ask you to rid yourselves of all feeling of pity. We must annihilate the Jews wherever we find them and wherever it is possible in order to maintain there the structure of the Reich as a whole..." (h).
|(After the war, piles of eyeglasses,|
rings, shoes, prosthetic limbs, personal belongings,
and clothes were found in storage warehouses
Trains loaded to the brim brought Jews into the death camps where they awaited their doom. Prisoners would be stripped of all their possessions and clothes and herded toward the gas chambers where lethal Zyklon-B gas would be released (i). The SS soldiers told the prisoners that they were going to be bathed and disinfected. Once the poison had done its work, the corpses were hauled off to be cremated by Sonderkommando prisoners (i). Thick clouds of black smoke ascended into the air as the murdered bodies were burned in crematoriums or in the open air and their ashes were buried to hide all trace of the massacre taking place (i).
IG Farben’s Involvement
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Even though it was proved in court that IG Farben committed these atrocities (including supporting Hitler’s “Final Solution”) the company executives were later released from prison and acquitted by 1951 (k). The Cold War had come and America’s desire to side with the Germans in building up Germany trumped the desire for justice (j).
Now, decades after the atrocities of the anti-semitic Nazis, and with memories of the Holocaust fading with time, anti-semitism has reemerged stronger than the years just after World War 2. It has resurfaced like a monster rising from the ocean and has shown its ugly head in Ukraine where there is a clash of factions fighting for control over the country. It has appeared in France and across Europe and in America. Jewish schools and gravestones have been spray painted with Nazi symbols. In Ukraine, many Jews are afraid to leave the house to make a quick trip to the store. In the Middle East, the fraudulent “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is highly popular. (We exposed this book which plagiarized an earlier work in a previous article.)
The Jews are hated not because they did anything to deserve it. They are hated today for the same reason Hitler and the Nazis hated them: they are God’s chosen people. Jews are special to God, who appointed their nation to be the capital of Christ’s Millennial Kingdom. God’s Word says in Isaiah 2…
Isaiah 2:1-5 (bold / underline added)
2:1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
5 O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.
I encourage you to consider the truth that Hitler and the Nazis did not want to acknowledge: the Jews are special to God and to hate them is to hate God. The Bible, God’s Word, says…
1 John 3:15: “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
Genesis 12:3: “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Isaiah 60:12: "For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted."
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1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;”
Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
God loves us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and shed His precious blood to pay for all of these sins. (See John 3:16 and 1 Corinthians 15:3-5.)
If you repent (turn away) from your sins (Acts 3:19), and believe and confess aloud that Christ has done this for you (Romans 10:9-10), and have made Him your Lord and Savior (again Romans 10:9-10) you are saved.
Now seek God with all your heart. Seek to know Him and you will (Jeremiah 29:13).
John 17:3 says: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
Jeremiah 29:13 says: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”
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