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.
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).
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.
|(SA men stand in front of |
Jewish shop to deter Germans from entering.)
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).
|(After the war, piles of eyeglasses,|
rings, shoes, prosthetic limbs, personal belongings,
and clothes were found in storage warehouses
|(Zyklon-B Canisters used at Auschwitz)|
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.)
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.”