I have always loved history. Ancient Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc. I had not been taught about Israel’s history until the seventh grade.
It was the Vietnam era of protests and civil disobedience. Some of my classmates had the German Iron Cross and swastikas on their notebooks. Our teacher, normally a calm guy, noticed them and was visibly upset about it. He explained the symbols’ meaning and was OK with the Iron Cross, but not the swastika.
As he spoke, his anger grew slowly. A few days later, we arrived in class to see a movie projector set up. It was the coverage of the Nuremberg trials with footage of the atrocities filmed by the Germans and the Allied footage taken upon discovering the camps.
All of us 13-year-old Boston tough guys were open-mouthed. I was stunned. I’ve been fascinated with Israel since then.
We in the U.S., world and especially in the Middle East have been kept ignorant or deliberately lied to about Israel’s history, and the Holocaust in particular.
I am also a Bible history fan. The past history of the Jews is extensive. More importantly, the “yet to be written history of the Jews” contains far more ink, and we are instructed to watch Israel for “signs of what is to come.” The Bible tells us clearly that Israel (“My people”) will play a key role in future world events. If we continue to ignore this history we do so at our peril.
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