Circular Letter Spring 2005
/ Ewald Frank
3. Point 2
The most horrific holocaust in human history came to its end in the concentration camp Auschwitz/Oswiecim, when the 7,650 remaining Jews were freed. The term “holocaust” was originally adopted from the Greeks by the Romans, then by everyone else. In the Greek language they have two words, “holos” = “complete” and “cautos” = “burned”. By joining those two, the word “holocaust” was formed, signifying “complete burning” — total annihilation to ashes, and it was only used in connection with the persecution of the Jews.
The armies of the atheistic, Bolshevik Red Army delivered those surviving Jews on January 27th, 1945, from the supposedly “Christian” Nazi myrmidons. They even had their own chapel in this concentration camp, attended mass and made their confessions. In the meantime, they murdered millions of defenceless, innocent human beings! How does that fit together? To understand when the discrimination and persecution of the Jews in the Christian era began, we have to go back into the distant past. In over fifty thousand publications many authors have dealt with the history of the Jewspersecution and the holocaust. We should especially mention Edmund Paris, Daniel Goldhagen, and then, of course, Dr. Karlheinz Deschner, who was very thorough in his research and then wrote quite candidly about the matter. He mentions by name the church fathers who in the second and third centuries sowed the hatred towards the Jews. He revealed their statements, wherein the Jews were accused of being murderers of God and murderers of Christ; the Jewish people were cursed by them, portrayed as rejected by God Himself. All this was crowned by the statement, “Whoever kills a Jew reconciles the death of Christ.”
The year 311 A.D. brought an end to the horrible persecution of the Christians imposed by Diocletian. Soon after this, under the regime of Constantine the discrimination and persecution of the Jews started anew. During this epoch, the Christian church established itself as an organisation within the Roman Empire. In the year 321 A.D., the Jews were forbidden by law to keep the Shabbat and were required to observe Sunday instead. Synagogues were changed into cattle stalls, and later they were remodelled into so-called “Christian houses of worship”. Whoever reads about the seven crusades will come to know who instigated the persecution of the Jews and who is responsible for the bloodshed of the millions of Jewish martyrs.
Just in the years from 1095 to 1293, the crusaders murdered 22 million human beings. Whatever or whoever stood in their way was rebuked by the solemn declaration, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,” and with the proud display of the crucifix and then mercilessly slaughtered by them. Of the forty thousand Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem not even one hundred were spared in July 1099. Pope Urban II had, after all, solemnly declared, “Deus lo volt!” — “God wants it!” Whoever traces the developments of church history will inevitably come to the Spanish inquisition, wherein the Jews were again persecuted, as well as the Huguenots and all the others who did not submit and recognise the dogmas of the Roman Church. They had the torture chambers, the stakes, and the ghettos wherever the Church of Rome could assert its worldly power. The European countries are saturated with blood. One can even read when they were declared to be “free of Jews”.
Who wanted the “final solution” in regards to the Jews? God most certainly did not! It was not God, but rather Pope Urban II, who in 1095 at the council in Clermont, France, called for the first crusade. Who wanted the events that took place from 1933 to 1945 to transpire? God most definitely did not! Who organised what happened in the »German Empire« on November 9th, 1938, during the so-called “Kristallnacht” — “Crystal night”, when 1,406 synagogues and Jewish houses were destroyed? Was it a continuation and the most shameful climax of what had already happened to the Jews in the course of church history? Some authors also point to Joseph Goebbels, the gifted Jesuit and propaganda minister of the »Third Reich«, who managed to bring the masses under his spell. During the time of the “Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation” (962-1806), when the Church of Rome ruled in both, the religious and the worldly realm, inconceivable cruelties were committed. Then, in the »Third Reich«, as some authors point out, the same was repeated with the German nation.
Some point to the fact that the »final solution of the Jewish question« happened in the six extermination camps of Chelmno, Treblinka, Sobibor, Majdanek, Belzec, and Oswiecim/Auschwitz, which are all located on Polish soil. Altogether, there were hundreds of concentration camps, but the »final solution« was to take place where the least resistance was expected from the arch-Catholic population. From September 1st, 1939, when the German troops marched into Poland, which was occupied within 27 days, until June 1941, all of the preparations for the six concentration camps had been completed. In order for this operation to be carried out without any disturbance, experts say, the German »Wehrmacht« attacked Russia on June 22nd, 1941. Nevertheless, the Allies of World War II must answer the question why they bombed all those cities with civilian population and not the railroad tracks which they knew were leading to these extermination camps. At this point we cannot deal with this subject any further. Unspeakable atrocities took place, the Jews of Europe were systematically exterminated with the help of the governments cooperating with the Nazi-regime and the assistance of the clergy within the occupied countries. On December 3rd, 1962, I asked Brother Branham if there was a curse upon Germany because of what had been done to the Jews. His answer was, “No, there is no curse upon the German people. God will only judge those who are guilty.”
On January 27th, 2005, the sixtieth anniversary was commemorated in deep mourning, as a memorial day to the extermination of the six million Jews and other victims, who were humiliated, tortured, gassed, killed, and burned. A few years ago I visited Auschwitz, and the impression it made on me shall never leave me, for as long as I live. Whoever wishes to get the complete picture of what happened during the »Third Reich« should visit the holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. When taking a tour through this memorial place, one gets a complete image of all the places and the number of victims from all over Europe. From the scriptural point of view, these murdered Jews are the souls under the altar who cry for vengeance, as stated in the fifth seal in Rev. 6:9-11.