Welcome to my new blog. I am a Gentile Christian who was not directly effected by the Jewish Holocaust. However, I had relatives who fought valiantly for the Allied cause, including my paternal grandfather. I am forever grateful to Grandpa Doyle and America’s “Greatest Generation” for their bravery in defending freedom. Likewise, I am grateful for the untold masses who were spared execution in Nazi-controlled Europe.
That said, I have dedicated the better part of two years to Holocaust research, devouring every book or video I could check out at the local library. I have subjected my wife to countless hours of documentaries and heated discussions about the unspeakable atrocities we call The Holocaust (or Shoah). I agree with author David S. Wyman’s conclusion that the Holocaust was not only a Jewish tragedy. “It was also a Christian tragedy, a tragedy for Western civilization, and a tragedy for all humankind” (from Wyman’s Preface to The Abandonment of the Jews, p. xii).
And in January 2009, I took my wife and two young children to the CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute (IN) where we celebrated the 75th birthday of Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor. Eva signed two books for us and was so sweet to my girls. She is a truly remarkable human being, as well as a survivor!
Since my introduction to Eva, thanks to her video Forgiving Dr. Mengele, I have researched The Holocaust with increased vigor, trying to find a way that I might help to ensure that it never happens again. Then, I picked up Abraham Foxman’s book Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism and realized that education is the only means to that end. Therefore, I present this blog as a lasting memorial to the 6-million-plus who suffered and died nearly two generations ago.