Bearing witness to the danger of hate.
With last month’s tragic events in Charlottesville spotlighting anti-Semitism in America, one Christian organization is determined not to be silent as Jews once again find themselves the target of hate.
On Thursday evening, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest pro-Israel organization in the country, is hosting “My Brother’s Keeper” at Charlottesville’s Connect Church, featuring Holocaust survivor and author Irving Roth.
In April 1945, Roth walked out of the Buchenwald concentration camp, having watched in horror as members of his family were marched into the gas chamber upon their arrival the previous year. At the time, the teenager was grateful he would see his next birthday.
Now 88, Roth sees too many similarities between what he experienced leading up to the Holocaust and what is happening today, not just in America, but throughout the world.
“People need to know what happened before and during the Holocaust,” Roth told the Haym Salomon Center. “Just like Charlottesville, they had rallies against Jews in 1930s Europe. This is how it starts. And today, we are seeing it again.”
What Roth finds particularly alarming today is that extreme elements on both the political right and left agree on one thing: disdain for Jews.
David Brog, founding executive director of CUFI, explained why the Christian Zionist organization believes it’s important to bring Roth to Charlottesville: