Bad News for Europe’s Jews on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

by | Jan 27, 2020 | Culture

Despite decades of efforts to educate and warn, and despite the constant refrain of “Never forget,” much of Europe no longer remembers the Holocaust. Worse still, in some parts of Europe, it is dangerous for Jews to live as Jews.

A headline today (Jan. 27) on Fox News reads, “Holocaust survivors mark Auschwitz liberation’s 75th anniversary as their stories grow in relevance.”

The article cites these sobering words from Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress: “Shame on us,” he said. “These survivors rebuilt lives. These survivors came out … and they never believed that their children and grandchildren would suffer from anti-Semitism the way they did.”

Sadly, “We have allowed the world again to have anti-Semitism.” Then, with reference to Elie Wiesel, “He told me ‘the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.’ What we have today in the world is indifference.”

Last week, it was reported that, “A new survey claims the Holocaust is receding in collective memory, as few Americans know the death toll of Jews.”

According to the Pew Research Center report, “What Americans Know About the Holocaust,” only “45 percent of almost 11,000 Americans surveyed didn’t know the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II.”

But it gets worse.

A 2019 survey indicated that, “Most Austrian adults do not know 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust.”

Only “58% said the Holocaust referred to the extermination of the Jewish people,” while “56% did not know 6 million Jews had been killed in the Holocaust; 10% said around 100,000 Jews were killed.”

Not only so, but, “While 98% of respondents were familiar with Adolf Hitler, the chancellor of Nazi Germany, only 51% knew Adolf Eichmann, an Austrian who was one of the main organizers of the Holocaust.” And “21% did not know Hitler originally came from Austria; only 14% knew Eichmann was Austrian.”

This is the kind of ignorance that leads to indifference. Or perhaps it is the kind of ignorance born out of indifference?

All this, however, pales in light of the rising tide of European anti-Semitism.

A headline from Germany one year ago announced, “German Jewish leader decries anti-Semitism in Europe.” Yes, “The former head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany told EU lawmakers that anti-Semitism was resurfacing in Europe. She singled out the UK Labour Party’s leader, Jeremy Corbyn.”

Underscoring the urgency of the warning was the fact that it came from 86-year-old Charlotte Knobloch, herself a Holocaust survivor.

Yesterday (Jan. 26), a Times of Israel article announced, “Germany warns of ‘mass exit’ of Jews if anti-Semitism persists.”

Indeed, “Insults and attacks against Jews — both physical and online — have become ‘a daily occurrence,’ says Berlin’s foreign minister, calling for tougher action across Europe.”

A daily occurrence! And in Germany, no less.

Shockingly, “Almost one in two Jews has considered leaving Germany, [Foreign Minister Heiko Maas] said, a country that has long taken pains to confront its Nazi past.”

For several years now, religious Jewish men have been afraid to wear a yarmulke (or, in Hebrew, kippah) in Germany. Last year, a German official warned, “I cannot advise Jews to wear the kippah everywhere all the time in Germany.”

Such is the growing, anti-Semitic sentiment in that country.

Maas also claimed that, “Research had shown that ‘a third of young Europeans indicated knowing little to nothing about the Holocaust.”

So, it is not just Austria that is forgetting. Many young Europeans have never even learned.

And in the midst of this ignorance and apathy, fresh hatred rises, some of it carried by Islamic immigrants, who have their own anti-Semitic history.

Last July, the New York Times reported, “France has a painful history of anti-Semitism, with its worst hours coming in the 1930s and during the German occupation in World War II. But in recent months, an impassioned debate has erupted over how to address what commentators are calling the ‘new anti-Semitism,’ as Jewish groups and academic researchers trace a wave of anti-Semitic acts to France’s growing Muslim population.”

And a November 2019 article in National Geographic was devoted to the subject of, “Why French Jews Are Leaving France,” noting that “French Jews are fleeing the country.”

Writing in The Spectator earlier this month, Gavin Mortimer asked, “How long until there are no Jews left in France?”

He noted, “Two years ago I wrote on this platform that France is the most ‘dangerous European country for Jews’ – and so it remains.

“Anti-Semitic attacks in 2018 soared by 74 percent on the previous year and the figures for the beginning of 2019 have revealed a 78 percent increase on the same period in 2018.”

As for England, last June, the Jerusalem Post carried this shocking headline: “Jewxit: Could 300,000 Jews flee the UK?”

The article claimed that “1 in 3 British Jews have considered leaving the UK due to rising antisemitism.”

And on and on it goes, even as Holocaust survivors are still here to tell their stories firsthand. What will happen when they are gone?

On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where more than 1 million Jews were slaughtered, this is a moment for sober reflection.

Let the world be warned! Anti-Semitism is thriving in Europe again.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Prophetic Words: End of Year Prophecies to Guide You into 2023

Chris Reed's Prophetic Word Over China: Unprecedented mass protests are unfolding right now across China. The country is seeing the largest pushback in decades, following their "zero COVID strategy" still in place today. China's Communist Party has continued to...

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Declaring a Great Awakening Among Prodigals

Read Time: 1 Minute 23 Seconds It’s a shocking statistic! More than 80 and up to 90% of children who grow up in church are leaving the church once they reach 18. Sadly, only 40% return, according to Focus on the Family. I believe, with prayer, we can defy those...

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Bible Verse of the Day, Dec. 8th: Advent Season, Isaiah 11:1-10

Isaiah 11:1-10 And there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the...

Marilyn Hickey: God Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Marilyn Hickey: God Can Heal Your Emotional Wounds

Read Time: 2 Minutes 2 Seconds Have you ever broken a bone? If so, you know what it’s like to go through a painful healing process. Consider what that might feel like in the spiritual realm. Sometimes we can get broken in various ways in life, but God wants to “set”...

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

COGIC Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Dies at 65

Read Time: 1 Minute 59 Seconds Bishop J. Drew Sheard and the General Board of the Eastern Florida Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ announced Tuesday the death of one of its most beloved leaders, Bishop Derrick Hutchins Sr. Hutchins was 65....

RECENT ARTICLES

Don’t Criticize Charismatics

They are saying the charismatic movement is divisive. Whenever people get involved in the "new emphasis," there are disruptions in the status quo. Red flags go up. Lines are drawn. I would ask: What...
Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Jonathan Cahn Reveals the Mystery of the Molten Beast

Read Time: 6 Minutes, 42 Seconds Is it possible that ancient entities known as "the gods" have returned to our world? Could these gods actually be the unseen movers and catalysts of what's happening in America and the world today? Could they lie behind the current...

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Shining the Light of Jesus in Hollywood’s Darkness

Read Time: 3 Minutes 37 Seconds Most made-for-TV Christmas movies are like eggnog and sugar cookies—way too sweet, yet extremely addictive for a lot of viewers. But these Hallmark-style movies—the ones with predictable love stories that always end with jingling bells...

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Prophecy: Goodness Is Following You, Turn and See

Read Time: 1 Minute 51 Seconds At a recent gathering where a member was struggling, I heard and declared by the Spirit of the Lord, “Goodness is following you, TURN and see; embrace His goodness in this moment and watch the shift!” There was an immediate shift and...

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: You Came From God

Read Time: 2 Minutes 25 Seconds If you search the phrase, “where does life come from?” the first explanation reads: “The origin of life is a result of a supernatural event—and readily arises from nonliving matter in short periods of time, today as in the past.” The...

Raise Your Praise!

Raise Your Praise!

These are the days that may leave you feeling defeated. You may be wondering when these present trials will end or how can you strengthen your faith for the battle as you wrestle against powers and principalities that come against you, in addition to the challenges...

Pin It on Pinterest