Misconceptions and the full picture…
- During the Crusades…there were some horrible acts committed against the Jews…but, it was not the norm. For instance, in 1095 a group of Crusaders led by Count Emicho of Leiningen made its way down the Rhine robbing and murdering every Jew in site. What people won’t tell you…is the Church strongly condemned the attacks.
St. Bernard spoke against the Jewish attacks saying, “The Jews are the living figures and letters, which remind us of the mysteries of our religion. Besides, they dwell peacefully in our midst. In warring against the unbelievers, we repel force by force, but it ill befits a Christian warrior to strike an unarmed foe.”
Also, a Cistercian monk named Radulf stirred up anti-Semitism against the Rhineland Jews…St. Bernard sent letters to him…telling him to stop at once…he also notified the Archbishop of Mainz…Bernard eventually had to go to Germany…and sent Radulf back to his convent.
- WWII…horrible atrocities were committed against the Jews…but also remember…in Poland…2-3 million Polish Catholics were murdered. By 1941 – 7000 Polish priests were executed (all found within the Nuremberg Trial documents – 3279-PS, etc.)…another 3000 were in concentration camps.
Document F-616 submitted as exhibit number RF-425…in the area of Nice…July 20, 1944…went to a farm…raped the wife of the christian farm owner and crucified their 3 year old son.
Christian Slavs aka “Der Untermensch” (polish, czechs, yugoslavians, ukrainians)…referred to as part of the “inferior race” were all executed. (See testimony of Von Dem Bach)
3268-PS…a Polish priest was…scourged…had a crown of thorns placed on him…and was crucified in Dachau.
On, September 30, 1942…Dr. Gutkelch gave a report where Christian babies were ordered to be thrown off of moving trains (2520-PS and 084-PS)
1939…pilgrimages to national shrines was strictly prohibited…czech priests were robbed of their property and executed. SS Youth were assigned to whip priests…as the priests…in rags…would pull carts (p. 333…Volume 8…Nuremberg War Crimes Testimony)
German soldiers turned churches into stables…housing dogs and horses (the Church of the Prophet Elijah)…people were burned alive inside churches (Exhibit Number USSR-51(3)). In the village of Kholm…Germans beat up an 82 year old priest. In retreating from the Church of the Ascension…Germans blew up the Church…along with the Church of the Holy Trinity…and the Cathedral of Nicholas. Document USSR-12…German soldiers turned the Znamensky Cathedral into a huge latrine for soldiers.
Hans Frank (Nazi Minister of Justice and Nazi-Governor…General of Polani) before being executed stated…“At the beginning of our way we did not suspect that our turning away from God could have such disastrous deadly consequences”…and…“Hitler’s road was the way without God, the way of turning from Christ and, in the last analysis, the way of political foolishness, the way of disaster, and the way of death.”
I could go on and on…with testimonies, etc.