Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kristtal Nacht and the Maitland Center

Last night I went to the Maitland Center where they have the Holocaust Memorial Museum. They commemorated Kristtal Nacht, or the Night of the Broken Glass the night before which was the first official event in a systematic effort to erase the Jewish people off the face of the earth. Obviously they, the Nazis did not succeed, but they tried. Six million Jewish lives lost.

Then last night, they had a special speaker speak on "Elie Wiesel and his Quarrel with God," To say it was a moving experience, is an understatement. There is so much to learn. I can't write everything I saw, heard, and listened to while there. The struggle of faith or lack of in a world and in a people who have seen the ugly face of evil straight in the eye. You want to shake it off but you can't. The unspeakable depravity of man against man, against God.

You may not agree, but you understand how others struggle with trusting God again, after so much and so many atrocities done against them. Their struggle to forgive. Their and our struggle to reconcile. You can't begin the process until you understand where their shoes have been.

We have a religious saying in Spanish. Cristo ten piedad. Dios ten piedad.
Christ have mercy. God have mercy.

These are profound topics. It is the struggle of Job and the anguish of Job multiplied in a whole nation. Profound pain that can not be ignored. What is worse is that there are actually people who want to deny that it ever happened. Inconceivable.

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