As we prepare to celebrate Passover (Pesach) April 10-18 and Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) April 24, it is critical that we remember the Gentile believers in Jesus who stood heroically at the side of Jews during the terrifying days of Hitler's Third Reich. These believers did not just STAND with Jewish people: they put their lives on the line for them! The story of Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds, of Knoxville, Tennessee, who saved 200 American Jewish lives in January 1945, was recently unearthed from his diaries. It is told here by our CMJ UK Communications Director, Charles Gardner - along with other generally unsung heroes during those perilous days. The question for us today is, in the light of rising anti-Semitism across the West, will we stand with His Jewish people in our day? May God help us and give us resolve.
--Theresa Newell, 13 April 2017
Christian soldier risks his life for Jewish men
By Charles Gardner, CMJ UK
[Originally published in Israel Today, January 30, 2017]
Seventy-two years after the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army on January 27, 1945, Britain and other nations are acknowledging Holocaust Memorial Day at a time when anti-Semitism is once more on the rise.
[RIGHT: International Holocaust Remembrance Day Memorial Ceremony at the Raoul Wallenberg square with Holocaust survivors. Image by Frankie Fouganthin.]
Israel itself, which has since risen from the ashes of that dreadful scourge that wiped out six million European Jews, is under dire threat from enemies on all sides while attacks on synagogues and other Jewish centres are still being carried out in the ‘civilised’ West. Only this last weekend in north-west London, a swastika-daubed brick was hurled through a Jewish family’s window while others were pelted with eggs.
The fragile borders to which the United Nations expect Israel to agree (just nine miles wide in places) have for good reason been described by politicians as ‘Auschwitz lines’ because they leave the Jewish state highly vulnerable to attack from neighbouring states who have repeatedly threatened to wipe them off the map.