In the buildup to World War II there were stories of Christians who famously refused to cooperate with the Nazis and lost their lives.
But from that same population came individuals who became the members of the SS, the Gestapo and extermination-camp guards.
So what’s a Jew to think about that “Christianity”?
Probably not much.
But a new video released by Jews for Jesus, an organization that says it was established in “32 A.D., give or take a year,” gives a new perspective to the Holocaust.
It points out that Jesus, a Jew, would have been among those loaded into boxcars and taken to camps like Auschwitz.
The video is called ‘That Jew Died for You.”
It depicts Jesus, carrying his cross, at the gates of Auschwitz.
The group released the video in conjunction with Passover, Holy Week and Holocaust Remembrance Day to “help redefine the conversation and reshape views of Jesus and His relationship to the Holocaust.”
“The horrors of the Holocaust and the six million who died has gnawed at the consciousness of Jews for over 60 years,” said David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus. “We want Jewish people to understand that the sufferings inflicted at the hands of the Nazis were in no way based on the teachings of Jesus. In fact, he suffered and died on our behalf to show us the love of God.”
The video depicts Nazi guards at Auschwitz deciding who will go to the work camp and who will go to the gas chambers.
Jesus, carrying a cross, comes to the front of the line and is sent by the guards to the gas chambers.
“While the Holocaust evokes dark despair, we want Jewish people to know that God still has a message of hope,” said Susan Perlman, associate director of Jews for Jesus. “Jewish artists have previously connected the sufferings of Jesus with the Holocaust, but this may be the first time it has been depicted on film. We want to show that Jesus is on the side of Jewish people, not the Nazis.”
There are Internet forums that argue whether or not Hitler was a Christian. An atheism-based website contends that Hitler’s claim to Christianity 20 years before World War II and other statements over the years are sufficient to connect him to Christianity.
But a column some years ago at American Thinker, by Bruce Walker, explains otherwise.
“Max Dimont in his 1962 book, ‘Jews, God and History,’ observes that Nazi propaganda had been anti-Christian since 1919, and that Jews sent to concentration camps were met there by Christians of conscience who arrived before the Jews. Dimont is not defending Christianity as a Christian and he certainly is not condemning his own faith or denying the mass murder of his own Jewish people in the Holocaust, which his book explains in great and awful detail. What Dimont does in his book, written only seventeen years after the end of the Second World War, is to show that blaming the Holocaust on Christian ‘anti-Semitism’ is not just wrongheaded, but obscene.”
The website for the video includes the testimonies of a number of people who survived the Holocaust.
“That Jew Died for You” finishes with the text of Isaiah 53:4-5, which prophesied 750 years earlier: “Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds were we healed.”
See the video: