Lessons from the Holocaust: Why and how you should help persecuted Christians


In 1933, the American Jewish Yearbook estimated there were 9.5 million Jews living in Europe. By the end of World War II, two-thirds of them had been extinguished.

Why American Jews did not rise up and demand more action to help their brethren during the Holocaust has remained a sensitive question for decades, especially among Jewish baby boomers.

In 2002, Susan D. Glazer, writing for My Jewish Learning suggested the following reasons:

Recently, American Jewry has been criticized for not continually or strongly pushing for rescue efforts. During the war, however, organized American Jewry did press for rescue in a variety of ways but, in general, rescue was not a high priority for major American Jewish organizations. American Jewry feared that agitation for rescue would exacerbate domestic anti-Semitism or compromise the strong connection that they held with the Roosevelt administration. Moreover, Jewish organizations often placed the creation of a Jewish state above rescue efforts on their list of priorities.

Obviously, group self-preservation, access to political power and future goals were deemed more important by Jewish leaders in the U.S. at the time.

Then, in April of 1945, a month before Germany surrendered, Allied forces liberated the death camps. When the full extent of Holocaust horrors were revealed the world was shocked, and American Jews collectively vowed, “Never again.”
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