Sunday, August 02, 2015

"he came again into the temple" - Christians, Friends of Judaists before WWII?

A Shinto Shrine around Tokyo

Christians, Friends of Judaists before WWII?

Alfred Smoular (1911-1995) joined the resistance movement in France during WWII.

However he was captured and sent to a concentration camp.  He was later even sent to Auschwitz.

Luckily he could survive the horrible and difficult time of the war.  After WWII, he started to work in AFP, since he had graduated from the Sorbonne.   And then, he was dispatched to Tokyo as a special correspondent to cover the Korean War.  He married a Japanese woman to live in Japan till his death.

He did not long mention or write a book about his experiences in Nazi concentration camps where he experienced extreme crimes against humanity.  But in 1988, he wrote his memoir 186416 Souvenirs de la Resistance et de la Deportation, which was translated into Japanese and published in Japan.

In this book, the author Smoular wrote that he heard a terrible thing from a French diplomat during the Korean War.  The diplomat said that when he was a junior member of the French Foreign Ministry before WWII, he had written a report on Nazis' persecution of Judaists; but his boss recommended him to burn the report, since nobody wanted to know such a thing.  And, the diplomat confessed that he had burnt the report.    

Smoular noted that an attention should be paid that Hitler had taken over power through a series of democratic elections in Germany before WWII.

Indeed, Hitler took power relying on support from lower-middle-class Germans rather than working-class Germans.  And traditional sentiments of the German people must have been more strongly preserved and observed among those lower-middle-class Germans than any sectors in the German society.  Disbelief in Judaists had been long hidden in the major sector of Germany as well as Europe in general.

However, the most interesting thing is that Judaists living in Germany before WWII had not realized the dangerous potential of this pan-European anti-Jewish sentiment.

Jewish people in Europe before WWII thought they were surrounded by Christians who respected the Old Testament, Abraham, and Moses, so that they were safe, since those Christians were a kind of friends to Judaists.  It was a big mistake.  But why did they misunderstand the surrounding Christians, including Hitler?

This is a big question yet to be fully answered while 70 years have passed after WWII.

Anyway, when Columbus reached America around 1500, all the Judaists in Europe should have started to leave for the New World.

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Joh 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
Joh 8:2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
Joh 8:3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
Joh 8:4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.