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Roman Vishniac, [Jewish schoolchildren, Mukacevo], ca. 1935–38. Photo © Mara Vishniac Kohn. Courtesy International Center of Photography

Roman Vishniac, [Jewish schoolchildren, Mukacevo], ca. 1935–38. Photo © Mara Vishniac Kohn. Courtesy International Center of Photography

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(RNS) The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum hopes the world will look at photography of Roman Vishniac, and that some viewers will be able to identify people they knew in the faces he captured.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, R.N.

    Wonderful story and very much needed in this world of great unrest.

    May the Lord richly bless the photographer, Vishniac, his progeny and all the Jewish people, living and dead!

  • Susan

    This makes me terribly sad. These decent people going about their lives were considered enemies that must be killed. How many of these people were murdered? It makes me sadder still that the Holocaust did not end antisemitism or even end anti-Judaism.

  • Fran

    Thankfully, millions of people who lost their lives due to tyrannical rule by Hitler have the hope of resurrection back to life on a cleansed earth (Acts 24:15; John 5:28,29).

    God’s kingdom or heavenly government will provide this grand blessing during the upcoming 1,000-year rule of Jesus, King of that government, over humans on earth.

    Those resurrected will finally be reunited with family and friends, who have missed them so much! What great love our Creator has for us!

  • Susan

    Fran, the Jews who were murdered don’t have the hope of resurrection, at least according to you, because they Jews and did not believe in Jesus. You left that little fact out. According to you I will be be joining my relative who died in the Holocaust in Hell. If I am wrong please let me know, but no apologetics please.

  • opheliart


    You might thank the “doctor” of the church (of religion), Augustine of Hippo, for the theology on ETERNAL PUNISHMENT and his Original Sin Concept (See his CITY OF GOD).

    Although an intense and calculated thinker, Augustine was a two-fisted Patriarch which suited the power-mongering religious zealots just fine. It appears the religious built up what Yeshua tore down (through the Message of Ascending the Heart to the Mind). Had the Gospels of Philip, Andrew, Thomas, Mary and the Revelations of James and John been accepted as the Word, LIFE would have found “the Way” … as Hope is OF the Essence
    (Energy and Essence of God).

    There is the Language of the Religious, and there is Spiritual Language, and man fell short in his “hearing.” It seems he had the understanding in the Paradox on Love reversed—that Energy and Essence (see Lossky’s Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church).

    And he said: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Mark 4.9

    … but why listen to ME … according to the RCC and others, I have been misled by my “gurus” … 🙂

    Peace and Love

  • opheliart

    … in addition,

    Mary was put through a male stream in both Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. She was idealized as true womanhood in her projection of passivity on obedience and submission. Virginity was associated with desexualizing. She became impossible for women and an expression of desire for men. Her moment of upheaval was ignored: her role of Church founder, prophet, priest, mystic. Her son became even further idealized as symbol for religious greed. With the reformers’ elimination of Mary, woman and mother no longer appeared in the spiritual cosmos, nor in their churches, at all. Although Orthodoxy and Catholicism still do not present her as liberated and provocative, they at least have not given into purely masculine religiosity. One priest, in his discerning in the area of womanpriests … is correct in answering the question of the feminine: it is more important to have the mother feminine spiritula image, than to have women priests.
    This rejection of heavenly representation of women is why many denominations are dwindling. They have missed the important symbol that has been given. The elimination of “mother” has resulted in the emotional poverty of reformation spirituality. Criticism of Mary focus went hand in hand with total abolition of the ideal of virginity. While Catholicism and Orthodoxy held up the ideal only in surface, the TRUE VIRGINITY ideal was also rejected by the reformers. A return to mother restores the ideal: her role as the gathering agent in the “new spiritual community.”

    Peace and Love

  • My father’s mother and four of her children were dragged out of their home one day by the Nazis in a sweep of the Jewish section of Dortmund, Germany. Refusing to board a truck destined for the rail station and Auschwitz death camp, hoping to somehow save her children, my valiant grandmother was bayoneted and murdered in the street. She and her family were poor, and she struggled every day to keep the family together with enough food to survive. Then, on this ignominius day, it all ended for her, and so tragically so.

    My father had already fled to the USA, in the hopes of earning enough money to bring his beloved Mom and brothers and sisters to safety. Not to be realized. When he heard what happened to his mother and siblings, my Dad joined Patton’s Army, in Darby’s First Ranger Battalion, and participated in the invasion of Anzio, Sicily in the First Wave Assault. He was one of the minority who survived.

    Until the day he passed away, he felt a deep grief and sorrow for the loss of his Mom and brothers and sisters. He fought for freedom, and now we are faced with a burgeoning threat by another merciless cruel force. It must be dealt with; and freedom and human dignity must be preserved for the sake of all humanity and life on Earth.

  • opheliart

    Oh my, horrible … thank you for sharing this Mike Schwager.

    Re: participation in the invasion of Anzio

    My father-in-law was in the replacement surge a few days later.

    Peace and Love

  • Ophelia – is your father-in-law still with us?

  • opheliart


  • opheliart


    And Pop is quite the character 😉

    Peace and Love

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, R.N.

    Mike, I’m so sorry about your family. But they are richly blessed in the Kingdom. Yes, even Jewish people believe in Heaven!

    Many blessings on you and yours!

  • rob

    be you Jewish or German or Norwegian or Apache polish Russian or what ever ..
    Either sin is with you, lying on your shoulders, or it is lying on Christ, the Lamb of God. Now if it is lying on your back, you are lost; but if it is resting on Christ, you are free, and you will be saved. Now choose what you want.

    -Martin Luther


  • rob

    So then Mike you know how wrong Murder is and how wrong it is to go after the weakest who cant defend them selves.. So why is it that the Jewish people of all people in the world AS A WHOLE.. are not yelling and screaming about little COMPLETLY defenseless babies in their mothers wombs being murdered. Some Jewish people are very upset over this but they are WAY WAY IN the minority..
    were talking about millions upon millions of babies of all races being murdered all over the world ..yet hardly a peep about it..

  • rob

    its not being preserved Mike check the abortion Satistics just for the USA alone.
    I bet your mom would be shocked.

  • rob

    Mike I think your moms death is all a person needs to know why humanity needs Jesus their only savior from sin’s .. in Germany at that time there was no freedom to even try to stop the murder of your mom .A German citizen would have been arrested if they even shouted out .. to leave your mom alone ..Here in the united states
    we have freedom of speech yet few here even CARE to use it to try to protect a infant child about to be murdered in a abortion clinic.. they may mouth how bad the holocaust was .. but they would have been no different perhaps even worse. .Since now days we even murder our own flesh and blood..

    we need a savior from sin who was brave AND LOVED enough to give his life up for us sinners ……… Jesus did..


  • opheliart

    The sexual exploitation of children: What if anything is the Church going to do about it? – Rhymes with Religion (see article posted in RNS).

    rob, don’t you have a job to do?

    I am not pro abortion, but do you think God is so weak and so derelict that He does not receive the children? Do you think by accusing others you do anything for the children in the world who are abused and impregnated (young girls)? You are so fast to populate but do very little if anything to address this rampant problem. I fear you religious live with your head in the sand.
    And tell me, please … do you think those without wife and children care about the children? The celibates … easy to PUSH for agenda … but what happens after?


    rob, don’t YOU have a job to do?

    Peace and Love

  • Jim

    Where was God’s great love when these poor people were suffering? Were they not his chosen people. Did they not share the same religion as Jesus?

  • Jim

    I fear that Muslims in the U.S. are the next target of this blind, ignorant bigotry.

  • Larry

    Because Rob, you have to be born to be murdered (or to be a baby for that matter).

    But thanks for trying to glom on a historical tragedy with your own personal pet peeve.

  • No, you don’t. You strike attitudes like this as a means of self-aggrandizement.

  • Larry

    For all those who want to go all apologetic and make excuses for their faith, it must be noted that officially virtually EVERY church in occupied Europe supported collaboration with the Nazis and encouraged the persecution of those targeted for the concentration camps. The sole exception was the Danish Lutheran Church. Although individual efforts were made by various clergy, they did so in defiance of their church leaders or without approval of their actions.

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  • Sheridan

    These poor people had no idea anything so horrible could happen, or of what was coming. I’m a black American, and I and my family are getting out of the United States this year because we are students of Jewish history.

    And we know it can happen here, and likely will. All the signs are in place.

    God help all these smiling gorgeous little faces and studious, trusting adult eyes, faces and souls. The clouds were dark and rolling dangerously in.

  • Sheridan

    Black Americans first, my friend.

    Then Muslims. Then Mexicans. And then the Jews again. But blacks are already being targeted first and by police. We’ll be the first rounded up and exterminated. America’s wanted it for decades and history does not lie.

    If you have brown skin or are a Jew in America, you will never be safe.