Auschwitz 65 Years Later: One Survivor Remembers


I am going to give you some quotes from this super article. I hope we never forget the Holocaust. There have been many that would have us forget. They would rewrite history but millions suffered and died. Things similar to this continue to happen.

More importantly thousands go to hell every hour without a chance to hear the gospel message of Jesus Christ. I think of the horror. I think of the responsibility I feel. I think of what I should be doing to get the gospel to the world.

I hope this influences you to want to do more to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Alberto Israel still remembers the date he arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp: Aug. 3, 1944. He and his family had just been transported to Nazi-occupied Poland from their home on the Italian-occupied island of Rhodes in the Mediterranean — a 14-day journey by boat and by train in a stifling cattle car. “We knew it was an abattoir when we arrived. We could smell the melting flesh,” he recalls during a return visit to the death camp 65 years later, his eyes welling up with tears. “We got there at 10 in the morning, and by 2 in the afternoon, my mother and father had been gassed.”

An abattoir is a slaughterhouse!

An estimated 1.1 million people died at the camp — the vast majority of them Jews from occupied Europe. Most were killed in gas chambers. They accounted for about one-sixth of all the Jews exterminated during the Holocaust.

“We have to remember, always,” he says. “But it’s never easy.”

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Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.
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