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Auschwitz survivors warn of anti-Semitism

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/27/20, 12:38 pm

Some 200 survivors of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp traveled from around the world to mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation on Monday. Many of them came to the site, now a memorial museum, with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Nazi forces murdered 1.1 million people, mostly Jewish, at the camp during World War II before the Soviet army liberated it on Jan. 27, 1945.

What was the theme of the gathering? While politics occasionally sidetracked the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem last week, this memorial focused on the survivors. Many expressed concern about growing anti-Semitism today. “I think they pick on the Jews because we are such a small minority, and it is easy to pick on us,” said 96-year-old Auschwitz survivor Jeanette Spiegel. “Young people should understand that nothing is for sure, that some terrible things can happen, and they have to be very careful. And that, God forbid, what happened to the Jewish people then should never be repeated.”

Dig deeper: Read Sophia Lee’s report in WORLD Magazine about how the internet has fueled the rise of anti-Semitism.


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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 01/29/2020 01:16 am

    I don’t believe the hatred for the Jews through the ages, all over the world, has a natural explanation. 

    I believe those who hate the Jews are supernaturally inspired, motivated, driven. The father of lies hates the Jews because God chose the Jews to be the first to receive the promise of redemption from sin and its consequences. And because it was through the Jews that promise was fulfilled in the birth of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. In his anger, Satan pushes humans to act against the Jews.

    Satan failed when he tried to destroy Christ. He actually wants to see all humanity destroyed, but I believe he has special hatred for the Jews. He will fail to destroy them too. 

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