Saving Jewish Lives in a Nazi POW Camp – The Heroism of a Christian Soldier
Bravery in war comes in many forms. So does standing up for one’s faith. Sometimes both shine through in one noble act.
Exactly seventy-one years ago, a Christian Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army risked his life to save his Jewish soldiers in a Nazi POW camp.
Among a group of 1,275 U.S. soldiers who were captured and being held at Stalag IX-A camp, probably not more than 200 were Jewish, but the Nazis wanted to kill every last one. The German commander ordered the Jewish prisoners–and only the Jewish prisoners–to show up for roll call. The reasons were obvious.
Their leader, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, knew that according to the Geneva Convention, the only information the soldiers had to provide was name, rank, and serial number. He told his men, “We are all Jewish,” and the entire group came. When pressured at gunpoint to tell the Jewish soldiers to step forward, Master Sgt. Edmonds still refused to hand over his Jewish soldiers to certain death.
In the face of such righteousness, the Nazi commander could not endure. He turned around and stormed off. Some of those Jewish soldiers are still living today and testify to Edmonds’ integrity and courage. His heroic deed is only coming to light now, thirty years after his death, due to research conducted by his son–to whom Edmonds never breathed a word of the story. He was posthumously honored by Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust museum, as “Righteous Among the Nations.”
Imagine the strength of character, the commitment to his values, and the rock solid faith necessary to do the right thing under threat of death. Do you think you would be able to come through?
Much like in Nazi Europe seventy years ago, Christians in Muslim countries today are being murdered and persecuted for their faith. Rescue Christians sends in the heroes to do the work on the ground–but we need the help of those who are willing, despite our difficult economic times and despite the financial pressure of the season, to stand up for what’s right. We need those who know what righteousness is and are willing to make the effort for it. We need your support.
From December 25, 1944 to December 25, 2015, let’s show those who perpetrate evil that good will ALWAYS prevail.