The Holocaust (also called Shoah in Hebrew) refers to the period from January 30, 1933, when Adolp Hitler became chancellor of Germany, to May 8, 1945, when the war in Europe ended. During this time, Jews in Europe were subjected to progressively harsh persecution that ultimately led to the murder of 6,000,000 Jews. These deaths represented two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of world Jewry. The Jews who died were not casualties of the fighting that ravaged Europe during World War II. Rather, they were the victims of Germany's deliberate and systematic attempt to annihilate the entire Jewish population of Europe, a plan Hitler called the “The Final Solution”. On January 20, 1942, several top officials of the German government met to officially coordinate the military and civilian administrative branches of the Nazi system to organize a system of mass murder of the Jews. This meeting, called the Wannsee Conference, "marked the beginning of the full-scale, comprehensive extermination operation of the Jews.
The Valley of Dry Bones has been the plight of Israel's dispersion experience in the world. From out of the dusty pits of the world however, God has providentially oversaw the rebirth of the state of Israel and the re-gathering of Jews from all around the world to the tiny sliver of the promised Land. Someday, God will fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel and save Israel, and breathe the spirit of life into them. Israel is back in part of its land today, which symbolizes the physical resurrection (up out of grave-bones with sinew) of their nation, but still they have not experienced the breath of spiritual union with God. God is yet working through the affairs of all mankind to work his greatest miracle ever, when he will save Israel and bless all nations through her salvation. These pictures vividly display the reality that Israel (Jew) has endured the grave of the Holocaust, but has that God saved a remnant to rebuild his fallen people. Shown here are slave laborers in the Hitler's Buchenwald concentration camp near where many Jews had died from malnutrition before U.S. troops of the 80th Division entered the camp, April 16, 1945.
In 1941, Haj Amin al-Husseini (Yasser Arafat's uncle) fled to Germany and met with Adolph Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis' anti-Jewish Final Solution program to the Arab world, and to declare illegitimate the aspiration of a Jewish homeland in Palestine!
The Nazi's buried thousands of Jews in broad pits, like this one in Nordhausen, and in Belsen. Names like Auschwitz, Berga, Belsen, Chelmo, Ravensbruck, Majdanek, Terezin, Treblinka, Buchenwald, and Dachau ring with horror stories and images of death for all Jews. Can it ever happen again? The Great Tribulation, or Time of Jacobs Trouble, still lies ahead, and Jesus described it as a time of trouble far surpassing any other even in Israel'' long and storied history.
Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Christians need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the day when Israel shall be saved! (Romans 11:26) Yasser Arafat today is carrying on the same mission of his infamous uncle who beseeched Adolph Hitler to exterminate all Jews. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Oslo Peace Process are just modern venues being manipulated by the hate-mongers of the reborn nation of Israel.
Photos provided by the Israeli Consulate.
Darrell G. Young