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'Forgive Us For So Much Cruelty': Pope Francis Visits Site Of Auschwitz Death Camp

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#1 Helice

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Posted 29 July 2016 - 10:55 AM

Pope Francis visits .Auschwitz.

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Pope Francis visited the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz on Friday, keeping a near-total silence to honor the more than 1 million people — almost all of them Jews — who were systematically killed there during World War II.
 
He said a few quiet words to a group of survivors of the concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, and wrote the following message in Spanish: "Lord, have mercy on your people. Lord, forgive us for so much cruelty."
 
The visit was intended to be quiet and somber. He told the media before arriving that he would like to go to that place of horror without speeches, without crowds. He wanted to go "alone, enter pray. ... And may the Lord give me the grace to cry."
 
As reporters looked on, the pope passed alone under the infamous sign at the camp entrance that bears the words "Arbeit Macht Frei," or "Work Sets You Free."

 

"This site bore witness to the most systematic, industrialized atrocity in the history of humanity," said Rabbi David Rosen of the American Jewish Committee, who was with the pope during the visit. "In such a place, words are inadequate and it's silence that becomes the ultimate expression of solidarity with the victims."
 
Francis spent time praying at the cell of Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar Maximilian Kolbe, who offered up his life to save that of another. Reuters writes that:
 

"On July 29, 1941, the camp director, in reprisal for the escape of a prisoner, chose 10 others and sentenced them to death by starvation. When the selection was completed, Kolbe stepped forward and volunteered to die in place of one of them, Franciszek Gajowniczek. Kolbe was later killed by lethal injection but the man he saved survived the war. He was made a saint in 1982 by then-Pope John Paul II, a Pole."

 

 
Francis later went to nearby Birkenau, where the Nazis used gas chambers to kill en masse, and greeted 25 Christian Poles who risked their own lives to help Jews during the German occupation of their country during World War II.
 

The quiet, contemplative nature of the pope's visit was markedly different from those of his two most recent predecessors, both of whom had direct personal ties to the Holocaust and gave public remarks. As the AP explained:

 

 

 
"St. John Paul II, born in Poland, witnessed the unspeakable suffering inflicted on his nation during the German occupation during the war. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, who visited in 2006, was a German who served in the Hitler Youth for a time as a teenager."
 

 

 

 

 



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Posted 29 July 2016 - 08:46 PM

It is good to commemorate The Nazi treatment of the Jews. But  lets not kid ourselves it was only the Nazis who made treated the Jews and other minorities. like this.

The Jews were expelled from most European countries. The Jews were  attack in York  in 1189, synagogues were burnt and an attempt to forced convert the Jews to the extent that many who refused were burnt to death, By 1290 Jews were expelled from England, in 1567 they were expelled from Spain

 

The blaming of Jews for all the problems of a country is not new. Today we tend to blame another minority , the Muslims





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