Jews Pass the Mantle of Praise
In July 1944, Allied troops discovered a Nazi extermination camp at Maidanek, Poland, where thousands of Jewish people had been gassed to death with zyklon-B gas.
Years later, Alexander Werth reported on the Nazi atrocities that were uncovered there. His description of the gruesome scene was published in John Carey’s Eyewitness to History (Harvard University Press, Cambridge University, 1988)
Werth’s eyewitness account included this description of the nazis’ systematic looting of the Jewish people:
“. . . the victims’ luggage and the women’s clothes were sorted out, before they were sent to the central Lublin warehouse, and then on to Germany.
“ At the other end of the camp, there were enormous mounds of white ashes; but as you looked closer, you found that they were not perfect ashes: for they had among them masses of small human bones: collar bones, finger bones, and bits of skulls, and even a small femur, which can only have been that of a child.”
Years later, after the establishment of Eretz Israel, the descendants of surviving Jews erected a memorial to these — and all — Holocaust victims. At the entrance to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem stands this memorial:
The words carved therein are from the biblical book, Ezekiel, chapter 37:
“ I will put my breath within you and you will come to life . . .”
Meanwhile, back at the ranch , about an hour’s drive from the Maidanek bones site in Poland, a large congregation of celebratory Polish Christians are motivated by the Yahweh-inspired contribution of the Jewish people, so they borrow the ancient, divinely-inspired 118th psalm, to praise and celebrate El Shaddai, who anoints their born again spirit of biblical praise with Holy Spirit joy, resurrected in joyous declaration :