Pope How Could God Tolerate Holocaust?
May 28, 6:13 PM (ET)
By VICTOR L. SIMPSON
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OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI visited the Auschwitz concentration camp as "a son of the German people" Sunday and asked God why he remained silent during the "unprecedented mass crimes" of the Holocaust.
Benedict walked along the row of plaques at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex's memorial, one in the language of each nationality whose members died there. As he stopped to pray, a light rain stopped and a brilliant rainbow appeared over the camp.
"To speak in this place of horror, in this place where unprecedented mass crimes were committed against God and man, is almost impossible - and it is particularly difficult and troubling for a Christian, for a pope from Germany," he said later.
"In a place like this, words fail; in the end, there can be only a dread silence, a silence which itself is a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?"
Benedict said that just as his predecessor, John Paul II visited the camp as a Pole in 10979, he came as "a son of the German people."
"The rulers of the Third Reich wanted to crush the entire Jewish people, to cancel it from the register of the peoples of the Earth," he said, standing near the demolished crematoriums where the Nazis burned the bodies of their victims.
"By destroying Israel with the Shoah, they ultimately wanted to tear up the taproot of the Christian faith and to replace it with a faith of their own invention."
Shoah is the Hebrew term for the Holocaust, during which the Nazis killed 6 million Jews.
As many as 1.5 million people, most of them Jews, died at Auschwitz and Birkenau, neighboring camps built by the German occupiers near the Polish town of Oswiecim - Auschwitz in German. Others who died there included Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Roma - or Gypsies, and political opponents of the Nazis.
The Political opponents of the Nazi’s – these were Christians, non-Catholic Christians. Since I was a child I have been told that in these death camps 12 million Christians died. Perhaps many of them Poles and Gypsies I suspect that many of their number were of Ana Baptist lineage (Luther slaughtered tens of thousands of them) and also in their number were entire households caught aiding the Jews in their escape -- like the family of Corrie Ten Boom. Hitler’s extermination of the Jews was straight out of the writings of Martin Luther, and His writings were from Saint Augustine and the early catholic councils in the third, fourth and fifth centuries – when the Roman Catholic Church piece by piece adopted piece by piece the most vile parts of the Jewish Babylonian Talmud and Mishnah. And the Catholic Church then began to destroy and everything written in Hebrew the Jews at first in Rome and then all over Europe.
It was only through the blood of 100,000 slaughtered Ana-Baptists in Muenster Germany in 1530 that The Roman Catholic Church lost it’s will to slaughter en masse Non-Catholics – But the persecution and repression of Jews by the Catholic Church and the Augustinian Lutherans and Augustinian Calvinists continued. I recall reading of “purges” of Jews throughout European History. I see since 70 AD that there has been a continuing unrelenting Shoah – or Holocaust. And while the one in Nazi Germany was the largest most far-reaching event, it was not the first and it will not be the final one. The final Shoah has been prophesied of by Moses and the Prophets and Christ and in the book of Revelation.
It is because of the continued unrelenting Idolatry of the Jewish people that these events beginning in the Old Testament have occurred. The Idolatry of their Oral traditions that led the nation of Israel and Judah astray and to do every evil they could imagine. It was the codification of these oral traditions in the Mishnah that caused Judah and Jerusalem to be utterly destroyed in 70 AD and the Jews to be scattered. And I believe that it was the revival of the Hebrew Language – tethered to the re-emergence of shuls teaching the Talmud causing the re-Talmudization of all of Judaism brought about the Nazi Shoah – or Holocaust in Nazi Germany.
The guilt of the German people is in the Talmudization of the Roman Catholic Church, The Talmudization of the Lutheran Church, (For Germany is half Catholic and half Lutheran) and through Hitler, Goebbels and others the Talmudization of Nazi Germany occurred, with Germans starring as the “master race” -- pretend Jews. All other races were animals and sub-humans and had no right to exist – these words all of them are from the Mishnah and Babylonian Talmud. The destruction of all who hold these doctrines are a case of the Antichrist seeking out and destroying all the little Anti-Christs – there is an irresistible magnetism between all who hold such teachings and doctrines. (That force is that they are all of the same spirit) And God has declared time and again that he hates these teachings and all those who hold them shall be utterly destroyed from the face of the earth.
We are now coming to the time of the end – and the seed of the Antichrist is arising before our eyes in Radical Islam – All the things that the president of Iran has spouted off during the past years are right out of the pages of the Babylonian Talmud – The Koran is a highly plagiaristic work that is a re-write of the hatred in the Talmud. Passage after passage that is written against the gentiles or Cutheans or Christians were rewritten with the word “Jews” in their place or “Christians”
Islam has been at war with the Jews and the Church since the 6th century. When they wiped out the Jews in Mecca and several of their other Holy Cities (And in the History of Islam we read that the Jews at the first made themselves allies with Mohammad when he and his followers were just a few. And it was the Jews that saved Mohammad and all of Islam when he was to be destroyed by offering him and his followers safe haven -- as they thought he could be used as a tool to fight those who the Jews hated. But he destroyed all of his Jewish protectors. Mohammad then ate up the sinful and corrupt Coptic Church across all of the Middle East and Africa – there only remains a small remnant of these today. He ate up all of the churches of Revelation all their candlesticks were removed by Islam. He ate up much of the Greek Orthodox Church. And now his seed is coming for all the Talmudized churches in Europe as well as all the Talmudized Jews in Europe.
All this greatly grieves my heart. The Lord does not will that any should perish. He gives all men the opportunity to repent. But the Talmud and its evil is so deeply rooted today in the Jews, the Church and in Muslims it seems almost impossible that any will see the light and repent. In the Spirit this is the days of Elijah when there were left in all of Israel only 3000 that had not bowed the knee to Baal and this lead to the ultimate confrontation between Elijah and the prophets of Ball before all of Israel. We are at that day. We are at that day. May God help us.
1 Kings 18:17-18 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the LORD, and thou hast followed Baalim.
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It is the Talmud that troubleth the all of Israel and the
And is the Talmud that shall bring the Shoah upon all.
Benedict did not refer to collective guilt of the German people but instead focused on the Nazi regime. He said he was "a son of that people over which a ring of criminals rose to power by false promises of future greatness."
He also did not mention the controversy over the wartime role of Pope Pius XII, who some say did not do all in his power to prevent Jews from being deported to concentration camps. The Vatican rejects that accusation.
Typically, Benedict did not mention his own personal experiences during the war. Raised by his anti-Nazi father, Benedict was enrolled in the Hitler Youth as a teenager against his will and then was drafted into the German army in the last months of the war.
He wrote in his memoirs that he decided to desert in the war's last days in 1945 and returned to his home in Traunstein in Bavaria, risking summary execution if caught. In the book, he recounted his terror at being briefly stopped by two soldiers.
He was then held for several weeks as a prisoner of war by U.S. forces who occupied his hometown.
Earlier, the white-clad Benedict walked alone under the camp gate containing the notorious words: "Arbeit Macht Frei," or "Work Sets You Free."
He stopped for a full minute before the Wall of Death, where the Nazis killed thousands of prisoners. He was handed a lighted candle, which he placed before the wall.
At the Wall of Death, a line of 32 elderly camp survivors awaited Benedict, most of them Catholic. He moved slowly down the line, stopping to talk with each, taking one woman's face in his hands and kissing one of the men on both cheeks.
Benedict then visited the dark cell in the basement of one of the buildings, the place where St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan friar, was executed after voluntarily taking the place of a condemned prisoner with a large family in 1941. Kolbe was canonized by John Paul II in 1982.
Benedict stopped to pray again in the cell, standing before a candle placed there by John Paul during his 1979 visit.
The visit is heavy with significance for Roman Catholic-Jewish relations, a favorite theme for Benedict and John Paul.
This was the third time Benedict has visited Auschwitz and the neighboring camp at Birkenau. The first was in 1979, when he accompanied John Paul, and in 1980, when he came with a group of German bishops while he was archbishop of Munich.
Benedict's stop at Auschwitz - his last before he left for Rome - was a somber close to a four-day trip that was otherwise upbeat, with some 900,000 people turning out for his Sunday mass in a meadow in Krakow, the city where John Paul II once served as archbishop.
Earlier, he urged 900,000 singing, clapping Poles gathered in a rain-soaked field to share their faith with other countries, saying it was the best way to honor their beloved John Paul.
The enormous, exuberant crowd chanted "Benedetto! Benedetto!" and sang "Sto Lat," or "A Hundred Years," wishing him a long life.
"I ask you, finally, to share with the other peoples of Europe and the world the treasure of your faith, not least as a way of honoring the memory of your countryman, who, as the successor of St. Peter, did this with extraordinary power and effectiveness," Benedict said as he concluded his homily during the Mass in the Blonia meadow.
"I ask you to stand firm in your faith! Stand firm in your hope! Stand firm in your love! Amen!" he concluded, speaking in Polish on the last day of his trip.
Predominantly Roman Catholic Poland joined the European Union only two years ago, 15 years after the collapse of communist rule.
"He told us that we should remain ourselves, that we should stay as we were before, attached to our traditions and Christian values," said Jacek Radon, 37, a Krakow businessman. "We should carry into the European Union our attachment to faith and to Christ."
A shadow was cast over the papal visit by Saturday's attack on Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, who was to say Kaddish, or the Jewish prayer for the dead, during the ceremony led by the pope.
Schudrich told The Associated Press he was attacked in central Warsaw after confronting a man who shouted at him, "Poland for Poles!" The rabbi said the unidentified man punched him in the chest and sprayed him with what appeared to be pepper spray. He was not injured.
Police said they were treating the incident as a possible anti-Semitic attack.
Schudrich, said the most important part of Benedict's message "was his physical presence at Auschwitz" but that some Jews wished he had gone further by directly addressing anti-Semitism.
"It was a very powerful statement and the words that we heard were powerful, but I'm sure some felt a glaring omission ... on the question of anti-Semitism. Jews are very sensitive to that and we are used to hearing the words of John Paul II."
Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Los Angeles, California-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Associated Press that Benedict's presence at the camp and his remarks were firm reminders that Holocaust deniers were not speaking the truth.
"He wore the uniform of the Hitler Youth. For him to now go there as the pope and acknowledge the horrors the Holocaust visited on the Jewish people and all mankind is important," he said.
Benedict, 79, has reached out to Poles by delivering parts of his speeches and homilies in Polish and by retracing beloved native son John Paul II's steps. He visited John Paul's birthplace, Wadowice, and Sunday's Mass was held on the same spot where John Paul also drew large crowds on his return trips to Krakow.
Benedict has been applauded during his visit to Poland for encouraging prayers for John Paul's canonization as a saint and for saying he hopes it will happen "in the near future."
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