Markell: Help for Holocaust survivors long overdue

Monday, October 19, 2020
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Buchenwald (b&w photo)Better late than never: That's the reaction from a Messianic Jewish ministry to the news that Germany plans to pay more than a half-billion dollars to help aging victims of the Holocaust.  

Recently, the German government announced it has agreed to provide 662 million Euros in aid to Holocaust survivors struggling under the burdens of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, over the next two years the payments will be going to approximately 240,000 survivors around the world, primarily in Israel, North America, the former Soviet Union, and Western Europe.

Jan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, says she authored a book about the Holocaust survivors who have suffered for decades after the end of World War II.

“They went through starvation. They went through having to lift just an enormous amount of weight,” she says. “Pictures will reveal how terribly abused these people have been in their past, and I'm glad this is happening."

Markell, Jan (Olive Tree Ministries)On a related issue, Markell says she is pleased Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to ban postings on the popular social media site that deny or distort the Holocaust. That is important, she says, because it is becoming more difficult to convince young adults that such an evil event is part of our recent history.

“The schools are not teaching it. High school kids know nothing of this,” she warns. “And these young people spend all of their time on social media. So whatever Zuckerberg is doing is absolutely essential."
   

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