Issues 21:05 Messianic Jews and the Holocaust

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Jewish movie star Natalie Portman recently questioned the prominence given to Holocaust education at the expense of other mass murders. “I think a really big question the Jewish community needs to ask itself, is how much at the forefront we put Holocaust education,” Portman said.

Holocaust survivor advocates were quick to respond to Portman’s comments. Sam Dubbin, the attorney for the Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA, said that “today’s problem is not too much Holocaust education, but growing ignorance and indifference to the realities of the Shoah. None of us can ever understand what it must have been like to go through the Shoah, or emerge from it when so many loved ones did not. We are obliged to remember the Holocaust, and we are obliged to speak out and take action against the hate and atrocity in our world today.”

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, American Jews say that remembering the Holocaust is the most essential aspect of being Jewish (73 percent of respondents rated it higher than the eight other choices).

That is why, 71 years after the end of World War II, we are publishing another Holocaust remembrance edition of ISSUES. This time we focus on Jewish believers in Jesus who met the same fate as other Jews in the Shoah.

Jewish Followers of Jesus Who Perished in the Shoah
Author: Elliot Klayman

Jews who believed in Jesus got no “exemption” from the Holocaust.

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Leon Rosenberg: the Tragedy of the Beth El Congregation

About 300 members of the Beth El Congregation of Hebrew Christians in Warsaw died in the Holocaust, including Leon Rosenberg’s daughter and her husband.

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Bazyli Jocz: Believer and Shoah Martyr

Bazyli Jocz, a Jewish believer in Jesus who worked with the Church’s Ministry among Jewish People (CMJ) in Warsaw, Poland, was betrayed to the Gestapo and shot.

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Theresienstadt: The Same Fate
Author: Kai Kjær-Hansen

It is estimated that as many as ten percent of the Jews in Nazi Germany believed in Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. And they suffered and went to their deaths along with their fellow Jews.

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What Happened to Jewish Believers in Jesus in Nazi Germany?
Author: Judith Rood

Until she began teaching about the Holocaust at Christian colleges and universities, author Judith Mendelsohn Rood had no idea that many of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were professing Christians.

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