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A Chronicle of Apathy: When World Leaders Looked The Other Way During The Holocaust

Jan Markell

As I state in my book, Trapped in Hitler’s Hell, quoting Dr. Natan Kellermann, there is something unprecedented about the European Holocaust. For the first time in the bloodstained history of the human race, a decision was birthed in a modern state, in the midst of a civilized continent, to track down, register, mark, isolate, dispossess, humiliate, concentrate, transport, and murder every single person of an ethnic group as defined by the perpetrators.

This was targeted at an ethnic group who so generously contributed to the culture of the world; to a people who have borne the brunt of enmity towards them because they dared to be different and dared to insist on their difference.

Six million Jews were killed in Europe and replaced with 20 million Muslims. They burned a culture, thought, creativity, talent. They destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because they produced great and wonderful people who changed the world.

In 2017, Benjamin Netanyahu made the accurate and stunning statement that the Allies knew all that was going on and did very little. He stated, “ If the powers in 1942 had acted against the death camps — and all that was needed was repeated bombing of the camps — had they acted then, they could have saved 4 million Jews and millions of other people.”

He continued, “The powers knew, and they did not act. When terrible crimes were being committed against the Jews, when our brothers and sisters were being sent to the furnaces, the powers k new and did not act.”

Can you imagine? Talk about a chronicle of apathy.

He stated three causes for the organized slaughter — widespread anti-Semitism, global indifference, and the weakness of the Jewish people in the Diaspora.

Entire books were written about the Roosevelt Administration and their apathy towards the suffering. FDR had been in office just one week when the first concentration camp was opened — Dachau.

Yes, many U.S. Presidential administrations have made serious mistakes with their policy towards Israel and the Jews but none so grievous as FDR and his cronies who had hardened hearts beyond comprehension. 

The idea of bombing the railroad tracks into the camps was brought to the attention of Roosevelt’s State Department. Their response was this: “Such an operation would in any case be of such doubtful efficacy that it would not warrant the use of our resources.”

Translate that: The Jews are not worth our time and resources. And yet 90% of Jews would vote for Franklin Roosevelt. Many came to him from Europe pleading the cause of European Jewry. He pretended as though he was very concerned, even while he was turning away 900 Jews on the ship the St. Louis, sending them back to the German and Polish ovens. Roosevelt ignored the cable from the St. Louis in 1939 even though the ship was so close that the passengers saw the lights of Miami. 

Imagine their terror and consternation. The nation that welcomes millions of immigrants cared less that their destination, by default, would be a return to the gas chambers.

It is not an overstatement to say that the nation of Israel might not have been re-born had FDR been President in 1948. On the other hand, President Harry Truman cast the first U.N. vote for the right of the nation to be re-born out of the ashes of the Holocaust. 

He also relaxed immigration laws to allow Jewish victims of WWII into the U.S. In 1946 he sent a delegation to tour the refugee camps in Europe and realized these Jews needed a home.

Netanyahu stated, “From a helpless people, we have turned into a robust nation. From a defenseless nation, we have turned into a powerful country that can defend itself with one of the strongest armies.”

On December 17, 1942, the Allies issued a proclamation condemning the ‘extermination’ of the Jewish people in Europe and declared that they would punish the perpetrators. Why not go a step further and put an end to the carnage, or at least slow the destruction, by bombing the railroads into the camps?

The utter shock of senior Allied commanders who liberated camps at the end of the war may indicate that this understanding was somewhat limited. Gen. Eisenhower had his troops take pictures of the liberated camps, admitting that few would believe the severity of the Holocaust without this evidence.

Mankind’s sinful fallen nature prevented the rescue of up to four million Jews and many other non-Jews who were in the camps. World leaders looked the other way as early as 1942. They even knew about the gas being used in the gas chambers.

Today, similar apathy exists concerning the slaughter of Christians around the world, particularly in the Middle East and parts of Africa. Not even our pulpits address this. It is a second holocaust that world leaders can’t seem to be bothered with.

In 2017, the UK debated whether to remove the Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. This is a frightening illustration of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving in to tolerance and diversity — except when it applies to Jews and Christians.

I realize this era of history is now considered ancient history — an era from long ago that has slipped from memory of many. Surely, they said, it could never happen again. Anti-Semitism never dies. Satan is obsessed with exterminating God’s covenant people because they are the key to the last days and the last days spell Satan’s doom.

I wrote the true story of Holocaust survivor Anita Dittman many years ago. It became a best-seller thanks to Tyndale House Publishers.

Author and columnist Jim Fletcher writes: “As a writer and researcher, I rarely use the word ‘extraordinary,’ and never as hyperbole. Yet the word perfectly describes a [book] that appeals to all age groups: Trapped in Hitler’s Hell, by Jan Markell and Anita Dittman. Both the book and companion DVD describe in rich detail what it was like to live under Hitler and his totalitarian regime. Anita’s personal reflections, and Jan’s storytelling abilities, make this an indispensable resource for any setting.”

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