MIKEY’s OP-ED – Holocaust Remembrance & the Military Religious Freedom Foundation

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Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony display shown outside the Chapel at New Kabul compound, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony display shown outside the Chapel at New Kabul compound, 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)

In solemn commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are honored to share this message from long-time MRFF supporter Walter Plywaski, a truly heroic and stalwart survivor of one of the most horrifying events in the history of mankind: the Nazi holocaust. You can learn more about Walter in this video.

The rapid rise and consolidation of Nazism was partially expedited by existing ties between church and state — in this case, the German state’s tax-supported subsidization of the Catholic and Protestant church. This relationship resulted in collusion between sections of the clergy and the Third Reich, which demanded loyalty from religious leaders who were obligated to either support the government, remain silent, or be cut off from state funding. While the Nazi regime’s relationship with the church was contradictory, the deeply-rooted theological anti-Semitism of the church played no small role in enabling hideous Nazi atrocities, as James Carroll notes in his book and documentary, both of which are entitled “Constantine’s Sword.” Additionally, let us remember how the Nazi military carried out their unholy mission under the Prussian slogan Gott mit uns (“God with us”).

As we continue MRFF’s fight to safeguard the Constitutionally mandated separation of church and state, let’s take heed of the lessons offered by Mr. Plywaski, as well as all those who have tragically perished due to hateful prejudice, state-sanctioned bigotry, and ethnic/religious oppression.

Mikey Weinstein,

Founder and President,

Military Religious Freedom Foundation

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated more than 7,000 remaining prisoners, who were mostly ill and dying. It is estimated that at minimum 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945; of these, at least 1.1 million were murdered.

– U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, “The Liberation of Auschwitz”

Please keep in mind that the rest of much more than 10 million people cold-bloodedly slaughtered by starvation, beatings and point-blank bullets. This took place in the 20,000 to 30,000 concentration camps (several being purely slaughterhouses for people) throughout Germany at the end of World War II.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. It commemorates the genocide that resulted in the death of an estimated 6 million Jews, 1 million Roma, 250,000 mentally and physically disabled people, and 9,000 homosexual men by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.

Please be kind and joyful with the life you are living now.

 Walter Plywaski (Wladyslaw Plywacki), long-time MRFF supporter, ex-inmate of Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz and Dachau

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1 Comment

  1. Yeshua Warrior

    Mr. Weinstein, your revisionist history is a load of crap, all for the purpose of furthering your hatred for Christians.

    The rise of Nazism had nothing to do with the church or the government and its supposed ties as you mentioned. I would suggest going back to college and take a course in WWII history.

    Why don’t you read these more accurate accounts of what caused the rise of Nazism in WWII Germany!

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