Raoul Wallenberg saved Jews on the eve of Christmas

Joseph knew what would happen next. He was standing in the courtyard of the Gestapo headquarters.

German police ready to shoot dead Jewish men stripped naked.

The Nazi soldiers in Budapest had been given orders to round up and execute as many Jewish teens as they could before the Christmas holiday began. Stripped naked, pushed up against a wall, facing a machine gun. It was Christmas Eve, 1944.

Suddenly there was a commotion at the other end of the courtyard. A Gestapo officer arrived and commanded the shocked soldiers to stop the slaughter.

«As Christians you can’t kill these teens on Christmas Eve,” he scolded. «How can you go to Church after this? Better do it after Christmas», he reasoned.

Raoul Wallenberg was a hero of his days. And a true friend of the Jewish people.

After much debate the executioners reluctantly conceded and the teenage children were released into the officer’s custody. Within moments they had been driven to safety in a stolen army truck.

The truth is; the officer in question was no Nazi, but the courageous Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg who saved thousands of Jewish lives in Hungary during this bleak and desperate time.

Years later in Israel, Joseph, told me of the vow he made that day to celebrate Christmas as long as he lived.

He was saved because of Christmas Day.

This season we joyfully celebrate Jesus’ birth. But we do so recognizing that it impossible to love Him and hate His people.

Source:  ICEJ.org. Letter from Rev. Malcolm Hedding,

5 thoughts on “Raoul Wallenberg saved Jews on the eve of Christmas

    1. Dear Weston R.

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      You might be right. The uniforms on this picture can not clearly be identified. There were many men who worked for the Gestapo, who were not properly dressed. Like in Poland. There were also Russian soldiers and secret police, who massacred the Jews.

  1. According to most historians, the Soviets were majority Jewish, and followers of Karl Marx and Leon Trotsky. This was the result of the Bolshevik Revolution, in which the Red Party threw the White Party out of power. So I’d be interested in any sources you have on Russians killing Jews. Thanks.

  2. Have a look at this link. I have known perhaps 400 people from Central and
    Eastern Europe. i cannot say that one of them did not express at some point sincere Jew Hate. The Roman Catholic Church had an Official anti Semitic Stance until recently.

    Here’s a Quote from Solzhenitsyn that says it all..
    If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously commiting evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the dividing line between good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy his own heart?
    Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
    The Gulag Achipelago.

    1. Dear John Monaghan


      You quoted Alexandr Solzhenitsyn. I will quote the Bible.

      Genesis 6:5
      The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (NIV).

      Jeremiah 17:9
      The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (King James version)

      Matthew 15:19
      For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

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