The year was 1941, Poland invaded Germany and WW II was now a reality. Long before Television and Social Media stormed the airways, the news of what would become known as the Holocaust had spread around the world.

The attacks were so horrendous that mankind could only try to master a new language describing what took placed amongst civilized society. The word Holocaust stems from a Greek word Holocaustic, a translation of a word in Hebrew pronounced “Olah” which means a sacrifice of fire or burnt sacrifice to God. 

The Jewish people in Europe were sacrificed as Nazi Germany claimed their fame in history as the most racist people on the face of the planet! It was noted by one author that there were two wars fought one by the allies and one against the Jews.

Nazi Germany wanted to put an end to these “chosen people” just as ancient Egypt wanted to put an end to the Israelites. Olah represents burnings of the bodies in crematoria and open fires without respect to women, children or the elderly.

It was reported 6 million Jews had prayed for all they were worth: “We’ve been the chosen people long enough. Choose someone else.”

Leo Pomeranz was only 7 years old when he hid alone in an attic for 5 years. The Jewish people were the most sought-after people on the face of the earth. The mission was to seek and destroy.

As history has repeatedly shown us; God always leaves a witness for the generations to come that they might understand not to allow this to ever happen again.

Mr. Pomeranz and others would testify to the years of fear and torment suffered in isolation from the rest of the world.

I wonder how many people are courageous enough to read past the point of personal judgment and criticism as I make some awkward attempt to shine a light in a very dark place in our history and where that light meets up with current events.

During WWII a group emerged called the Partisans. It appears some unseen force was guiding this group to places of safety. They came upon the dead lying as sleeping men and women in the snow but kept moving because their lives depended upon it.

They camped out in the woods and moved frequently. They fought back and remained free. Yet, all around them was death.

Nazi Germany made it no secret of their hatred for the Jews. They were fixated on a “racial cleansing” before the war.

This anti-Semitic gene had its deep-seated origin in one of Hitler’s writing in Encyclopedia Britannica as far back as 1919 when he wrote:

““Rational anti-Semitism, however, must lead to systematic legal opposition.…Its final objective must unswervingly be the removal of the Jews altogether.”

Every time I think about this tyrant and murderer, I hesitate to type his name, but for sentences structure and clarity I must. Hitler saw the Jewish people as a race and not as a religion. His thinking was that the Jews were a race of people seeking world domination. 

When religious anti-Semitism mixes with political anti-Semitism and is enforced by racial anti-Semitism you have terror. And that is exactly what the Jewish people experienced.

One author writes when we have religious anti-Semitism; we can convert them. When there is political anti-Semitism, we use expulsion. The Nazi had one answer for the Jews and that was the total annihilation of the race.

This story is so heart wrenching only God can carry the load of what I have read. The concentration camps “ghettoes” were hell’s residents of evil. Men, Women, and Children were placed there to work as slaves until dead unless they were killed beforehand. I know this next statement is not one of my best moments; however, it seems it was more merciful to die rather than live in that God-less society. 

I find it interesting that the word Ghettoes followed the Jewish people to America and became knowns as a place where the poor and uneducated people lived. That mindset remains prevalent even amongst those “descent” folk. It became all too common and accepted that certain ethnicities were expected to live in the less attractive parts of our communities.

Those who live in these “Slums” Ghettoes” “Across the tracks” and at the “bottom of the hill” are treated inferior.

Anti-Semitism in today’s politically correct society has come to be much more than hatred toward Jews. It is now become hatred, racism and prejudices toward anyone whom we believe to be inferior to ourselves.

Some whites for the most part still see themselves superior to Blacks, some men consider themselves to be superior to women, some educated see themselves superior to the uneducated.

In America, your address defines you. This type of Anti-Semitism is in no way compared to what our brothers and sisters the Jews experienced; however, as he always does, the Devil continues to keep his darkness redressed in another name.

The voices of the dead are speaking from Heaven’s Gate to wake up this nation to remember what happened during the Holocaust. Why? Listen to the media as the news of more anti-Semitism rises around the world! One would think our history would remind us of the tragic outcome of what happens when “hate” is spawned as a spider’s web around the minds of politicians.

Hitler was a political figure whose voice became one of those hypnotic sounds leading to a comatose following. The Devil has voices like “Jim Jones” who through the manipulation of words and intonations led many to follow him to death.

Hitler was government. He was a politician gone viral. He suspected everyone and trusted no one. He hated life and living and wanted to spread his poison around Europe and ultimately the world. I must pause here to say, “Thank God for America!”

This murderous politician like a hurricane without warning lead with a dictatorship unmatched by any other human being in world history. He took control and killed off all known resistance. He regarded the Russians, the Slavs, those living in Poland and Ukraine as sub humans. Before it was over with, more than 3 million Poles and 3 million Polish Jews had also been killed.

There are people today who regard the LGBT Community as sub humans and treat this with such hatred that under the pressure of the hatred and prejudices, many have taken their lives.

And, tell me why it took so long to decide we needed more aggressive anti-Semitic and hatred laws (enforceable) on the books? 

The word “Anti-Semitism” dates back as far as 1879 by the German Wilhelm Marr to define the campaign against the Jewish people who occupied Europe at the time. The actual origin of the evil to extinguish the existence of the entire race can be traced back to the days of the Roman Empire. 

Since the Crucifixion, Religion has had its part is cultivating hatred toward the Jewish people as those who both rejected Christ and Crucified Him.  This negative light has caused many Christians to look upon the Jews as less than Christian.  They forget that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and not an elite few.

According to the documents located in the United States and Jewish Holocaust Museum, there is no single wartime document to give an accurate number of deaths; however, some speculate in excess of 12 Million and some accounts even more.

The following are the best estimates of deaths from the Nazi and their collaborators.

Number of Deaths all paid for by the government.

Group

Number of Deaths

Jews

6 million

Soviet civilians

around 7 million (including 1.3 Soviet Jewish civilians, who are included in the 6 million figures for Jews)

Soviet prisoners of war

around 3 million (including about 50,000 Jewish soldiers)

Non-Jewish Polish civilians

around 1.8 million (including between 50,000 and 100,000 members of the Polish elites)

Serb civilians (on the territory of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

312,000

People with disabilities living in institutions

up to 250,000

Roma (Gypsies)

196,000–220,000

Jehovah’s Witnesses

around 1,900

Repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials

at least 70,000

German political opponents and resistance activists in Axis-occupied territory

undetermined

Homosexuals

hundreds, possibly thousands (possibly also counted in part under the 70,000 repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials noted above)

Fast forward to 2019 and turn on your television to hear the news of hate crimes and the rise of anti-Semitism. The desecration of a Jewish cemetery in France raised more than a little concern as France by way of history has been known for its overlay of anti-Jewish feelings since the 19th Century.

Jewish Parisians reported feelings of fear as several Jews had become targets of anti-Semitism. The French Government, as well as some 20,000 supporters, stood to show their support against such hate crimes.

The U.K., and other countries are also showing zero tolerance for hate crimes. 

If the past is any indication of what hatred can do if allowed to run its course, we have not come as far as we should have. Look at what happened here in the United States when our lawmakers finally decided to condemn hate crimes.

Twenty-three Republican lawmakers voted against a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred , arguing the measure was “watered down” and failed to properly condemn Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) recent controversial remarks on U.S.-Israel relations.

23 Republicans who voted against the resolution:

  • Andy Biggs of Arizona
  • Mo Brooks of Alabama
  • Ken Buck of Colorado
  • Ted Budd of North Carolina
  • Michael Burgess of Texas
  • Liz Cheney of Wyoming
  • Chris Collins of New York
  • K. Michael Conaway of Texas
  • Rick Crawford of Arkansas
  • Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
  • Louie Gohmert of Texas
  • Paul Gosar of Arizona
  • Tom Graves of Georgia
  • Peter T. King of New York
  • Doug LaMalfa of California
  • Thomas Massie of Kentucky
  • Steven M. Palazzo of Mississippi
  • Mike D. Rogers of Alabama
  • Chip Roy of Texas
  • Greg Steube of Florida
  • Mark Walker of North Carolina
  • Ted Yoho of Florida
  • Lee Zeldin of New York

I would like for each of these 23 lawmakers to take a long look at themselves in the mirror and ask themselves the question; “Where is my heart?”

With millions and millions of people murdered due to anti-Semitism; why not be aggressive to end all hate crimes whenever and wherever possible.

We all know the law is not perfect but is a beginning toward perfecting one. The sooner we enforce these laws the sooner the devil will know we will not allow it to go unchecked!

I took time to restudy and read the historical accounts from the Holocaust Museum, Encyclopedia Britannica and The Hill. Each of these resources are excellent records of the historical accounts I mentioned.

According to Merriam-Webster Anti-Semitism is the feeling or showing hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a cultural, racial, or ethnic group.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)

We are in spiritual warfare and the enemy is not the one we see on the news; the enemy has been and will always be lucifer, Satan, the devil, bezellbud, the prince and power of the air. Regardless of which name we call him; he is all dark, all evil, all the time.

Just as the devil has many names so does hatred, prejudice, bigotry and anti-Semitism. However, you slice it, it is evil.

Every person with any tread of faith in God and who claims the name of Jesus should be clear about their position when this horrible serpent raises his head. We collectively must to what Jesus did in the wilderness. Tell the devil “It is written.”  Speak the Word of God over our families, our communities and our nation.

We must refuse to be tolerant of prejudices of any kind. We must willfully and purposefully reject all thoughts of superiority thinking. We must speak up and speak it Out Loud when anyone sneers or jeers toward any race of people.

Stand for love, peace and equality and you will be standing against anti-Semitism.