Hugh Fogelman & John Stone
For over 2,000 years, Christmas was never a season of Christian LOVE towards the Jewish people. Today, Christians want Jews to forget that that was then; only to think that “now” is different – NOW they love Jews. Based on Christian history everyone should ask, Just when is “now?” Is “now” this week, last year, or ten years ago? Or, on the 2,000 year old Christian calendar, would sixty years ago be in the “now” group?
This year, 2005 was the 60th anniversary of “remembering” Jasenovac, the largest extermination camp in Croatia,1 where hundreds of thousands of people, mostly Jews, Serbs and Roma, were put to death by the Croatian Ustashe regime.2 What made this camp so unusual was that it was one of the most barbaric death camps of the Holocaust, where victims were tortured and murdered with extreme cruelty, and, get this, was the only death camp in Christian Europe to have been run by local people (93 percent Christians3) without any help of the Germans.
Did those Croatian Christians of NOW -─ 60 years ago ─ show any of the so-called Christian love? During Christmas did they ease up on their torture and murder? Or while this extreme cruelty took place, at the end of the day in the Christmas season, did they go to their warm homes, to their Christmas trees, and shinning lights, and a very filling meal singing Christmas songs about their beloved Jesus. Did they carol around town singing “Away in the Manger?”
It is pathetic that all the Christmas songs say “Christmas is love;” but its only “love” if ─ only if ─ you accept the dead man-god Jesus, the Invisible Man in the Sky.
August, 2000 the leaders of
“We ask forgiveness for those among us who show disdain for people of other denominations or tolerate anti-Semitism, just like anti-Christianism is a sin”,5
Bishops said they clearly see the tragedy of the Nazi Holocaust in
1. O little town of
The hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.
2. …While mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love...
and peace to men on earth!
3. …the dear Christ enters in.
4. …Where misery cries out …
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks,
and Christmas comes once more.
5. …We hear the Christmas angels,
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!
Yes, Christmas is such a wonderful feeling of LOVE - NOT!
so-called Christian “love” didn’t shine through in the 20th century
when Jews had to change their last name just to secure a job. Where was the
Christmas love during those dark winter days in
World War II, even as reports of Nazi genocide filtered to the West, the U.S.
Department of State failed to relax its strict limits on immigration.
Let’s take a brief look at some more Christmas time love in the “not too distant” past9:
Within two days 80% of the Jews living in the ghetto (25,000 people) were shot including the famous historian Simon Dubnow. On December 8, at age 81, Dubnow was shot by a former student of his, now a Gestapo officer. His dying message to fellow Jews was: “Yidn, shreibt un farshreibt!” (“Jews, write and record!”).
December 31, ERETZ
to the war and British restrictions, only 4,600 Jews made it to
December 8, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT (
submitting to friendly pressure by Stephen Wise, who stated that refusal to
meet with them may be “gravely misunderstood,” met with Jewish leaders of the
Temporary Committee for half an hour.
December 19, THE UNITED NATIONS INFORMATION OFFICE (
Published a report confirming that the Nazis had made Poland “One vast center for murdering Jews.”
a new visa application which was four feet long. The waiting period for
processing was now nine months. In addition Jews in Nazi held territories had
no way of making visa applications since there were no American consulates. Any
refugee who succeeded in reaching countries that had an American consulate (
So you now see that Christian “love” was NOT present even in the first half of the 20th Century.
Even modern Popes document this as well.
Pope John Paul II, in November 3, 1997, only eight years ago, said
“… wrong and unjust interpretations of the New Testament relating to the Jewish people and their presumed guilt circulated for too long, engendering sentiments of hostility toward these people.”10
Pope John Paul II realized that the New Testament was
the source of Christian anti-Judaism. The Pope indirectly admitted there was no Christian love towards Jews. An excerpt from the
“The fact that the Shoah took place in Europe, that is, in countries of long-standing Christian civilization, raises the question of the relation between the Nazi persecution and the attitudes down the centuries of Christians towards the Jews”.11
During Christmas throughout those years, where was the Christian LOVE? But wait; perhaps those were NOT true Christians. And perhaps 60 years ago out of 2,000 year history doesn’t mean “NOW.”
So, let’s bring this ‘“we love Jews now” into present time. In 2004, I answered a Protestant pastor in our local newspaper, who claimed Christianity is indeed LOVE. I had to answer him, and in his reply to me, he said he did “love” the Jewish people, but didn’t love Judaism. This is the logic of the Christian mind.
guess the Presbyterian, the Episcopal, and the Anglican churches all “love” the
Jewish people, but hate
July 2005, by an overwhelming vote 431 to 62 of its general assembly, the
three-million strong USA Presbyterian Church voted to divest from Israel. And
after a visit to
And on a more personal note, just last year ― NOW, not 60 years ago ― Abraham H. Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, said:
concerns us is that many of the gains we had seen in building a more tolerant
Ho, ho, ho, and a merry Christmas to all you say to the public; all the while saying in private “yes, we love the Jews, but hate Judaism.”
1. World Jewish Congress Report, Fall 2005, Holocaust Commemoration, [ http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/wjcreport/05fall/hc_p14.html ]
2. 2. The
Ustaše (often spelled Ustashe
in English; singular Ustaša or Ustasha)
was a Croatian far-right organization put in charge of the
to the CIA World Fact Book, 2005 version,
the religions of the people of
WARSAW, Poland ─ The leaders of Poland's Roman Catholic Church have asked forgiveness for its toleration of anti-Semitism … in a letter of joint apologies for failings in its 2,000-year history.
The bishops approved the letter late Friday at a
special Jubilee Year session at the nation's holiest shrine in the southern
Parish priests across
5. Polish Catholics Apologize for Anti-Semitism, Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2000, Part A, p. 8
6. Words: Phillips Brooks, 1868. Words: Phillips Brooks, 1868. Sheet Music by A. F. M. Custance from Rev. Charles Lewis Hutchins
7. Refugees, Holocaust Encyclopedia,
May 14, 1939 GERMAN LINER ST. LOUIS
(Germany-Cuba-USA): Set sail from
8. Refugees, Holocaust Encyclopedia,
1939 May 15, RAVENSBRUECK (
1939 May 17,
WHITE PAPER (
9. Eli Birnbaum, The History of the Jewish People, [http://www.jewishhistory.org.il/ ]
10. Delivered in the final statement of
symposium on the religious roots of anti-Judaism in Christianity. Speaking in
Polish to pilgrims in
11. Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, President of the Holy See's Commission For Religious Relations With the Jews, March 16, 1998
[ http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/documents/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_16031998_shoah_en.html ]
12. ADL Press Release, April 4, 2005, [ http://www.adl.org/PresRele/ASUS_12/4680_12.htm ]