The purpose of law and government is to guarantee and protect fundamental, God-given rights to all human beings. However, in Nazi Germany, the law was used as an instrument of murder to come against the Jews and strip away their rights not only as citizens, but also as human beings. The corruption of the law and uprooting of democracy by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party led to the horrendous atrocities of the Holocaust, and serves as a warning to the world today.
It is an indisputable fact that America knew of the plight of the Jews in the Holocaust. As early as 1938, the United States’ government made a decision to refuse to let 20,000 Jewish children to come to the United States. Throughout the early 1940s, the pleas of the Jewish people in America were ignored time and time again. We must not sit by silently today as the nation of Israel stands threatened again by the hostile nations surrounding them—we must stand to make a difference.
Menachem Begin, the Sixth Prime Minister of Israel, understood that the Land of Israel belonged to the Jews, according to God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:18: “To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river Euphrates…” Prime Minister Begin was a very God-fearing and humble leader, who instructed his governmental staff that “this will be a government that serves and does not reap.” As the son of Holocaust victims and a victim of a Soviet camp himself, Begin proclaimed: “We shall fight, every Jew in the homeland shall fight… The Lord of Hosts, is with us. There shall be no retreat.”
The Hitler Youth Organization, founded in the 1920s, served to indoctrinate the very hearts and minds of German youth to accept the Nazi ideology and further the Nazi regime at any cost. The Hitler Youth Organization was the largest youth group in the world at the time, comprised of 8.8 million young men and women who were trained to hate Jews, to believe that they were superior to other people, and to be completely loyal to the Nazi party above all else, including God. Today, young people must be trained to love and honor God, to know the truth, and to stand boldly for their convictions in this generation.