Holocaust Remembrance: Kristallnacht

Every Jewish person remembers November 9th and 10th as the beginning of a nightmare...the Holocaust. "Kristallnacht," also referred to as the "Night of Broken Glass," was a pogrom  series of coordinated attacks against the Jewish people throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. German authorities looked on as the assaults were carried out, without intervention. The attacks left the streets covered with broken glass from the windows of Jewish-owned stores, buildings and synagogues. During these pogroms at least 91 Jewish people were killed and an additional 30,000 were arrested and incarcerated in concentration camps. Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were ransacked, while the attackers demolished buildings with sledgehammers. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned and over 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed or damaged.

Kristallnacht was followed by further economic and political persecution of the Jewish people and is viewed by historians as part of Nazi Germany's broader racial policy and the beginning of the Final Solution of Hitler and the Holocaust.

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A generation later, we scratch our heads and ask "how could this happen to the Jewish people and why?"  When we have an understanding of God's plan for the ages, the answer becomes clear. According to the Scriptures, we read that Satan didn't just want to be like God, but wanted to be God. Satan knew of God's plan for world redemption that He covenanted through the nation of Israel (the Jewish people). Satan knows that if he could destroy the Jewish people, that he would thwart God's plan and if he was successful at thwarting God's plan, then he could prove God a liar and that would he could be elevated to be God. The Holocaust was just one more attempt of Satan to destroy the Jewish people, but he failed. He will always fail because God's covenants will stand forever. God will accomplish His plan for redemption of the world! Nothing can thwart His plan.

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