Forgetful- yet not forgotten!
Yesterday was the Holocaust Memorial day, a time to consider what happens when we check our common sense at the door...
A bit of positive in that sea of darkness, which the holocaust was, out of 8,387 Jews present in Denmark during the Nazi occupation, only 58 died and 8,329 survived after being smuggled out of Denmark to Sweden or claimed from camps in Germany by the red cross (audacious). But millions died because of who they were, what they believed or what they were not...
In the midst of this our family remembers, Viggo, one of my father’s older brothers who was caught by the gestapo during a late night drop of weapons from England in the small town of Nibe in Denmark. He later died at Neungamme KZ camp just weeks before the end of WWII.
Kaj Munk was a Danish Pastor, playwright and societal commentator who was murdered by the Gestapo in 1944 abducted from his church and found dead in a ditch the next morning. He wrote in 1943 (translated by me)
" The lie can be ever so shrill, amplified by the might of its lungs, it can however never shout its way to truth. Violence may cover the earth from pole to pole but it remains that; violence..." (forankret i det usynlige, 1943)
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who likewise took objection to the rise of Hitler while at first, he like Kaj Munk, thought him benign. Both subsequently changed their opinion and took similar yet ultimately divergent paths in resistance. Bonhoeffer puts his finger right where it hurts for the professing christian, who, if not careful can find her or himself on the wrong side of God either by ignorance, herd mentality or by becoming the persecutor.
"There remains an experience of incomparable value. We have for once learned to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated — in short, from the perspective of those who suffer. Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior. Christians are called to compassion and to action."
Bonhoeffer died in Flossenbürg KZ camp april 9, 1945.
This summer the kids and my wife visited the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam while I was at work. The visit left a big impression on all of them. Later when I discussed the visit with our AirBnB host she said " why would they visit that..?"
Lest we forget... and become perpetrators ourselves.
"The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate."
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