Wednesday 13 December 2017

The Holocaust and fundamental questions of faith

Visitors walk under the gate of the former Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland. Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Visitors walk under the gate of the former Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland. Photo: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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Is the fact that the Holocaust took place proof that there really is no God? Certainly, for me and many others the Holocaust shows that, in general, there is very little good in man.

For how else is one to describe people who en masse could stand idly by while their neighbours were being forced by the Nazis to wear the yellow star; or while their neighbours were being beaten up in the streets in front of their very eyes, or while their neighbours were suddenly being forced out of their jobs; or while their neighbours' houses and apartments were being broken into by the Gestapo, or while they were bundled off screaming and crying, never to be seen again?

Eventually, over 1.5 million Jewish children would be murdered in the extermination camps. At least six million Jews each had their own individual story of what they went through before their deaths.

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