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See Youself in This Picture?

December 9, 2018

Picture was taken by Major Clarence L. Benjamin at the instant a few of the train people saw the tanks and first realized they had been liberated.

“It’s Friday, the 13th of April, 1945. A few miles northwest of Magdeburg there was a railroad siding in wooded ravine not far from the Elbe River.

“A long string of grimy, ancient boxcars standing silent on the tracks. In the banks by the tracks, as if to get some pitiful comfort from the thin April sun, a multitude of people of all shades of misery spread themselves in a sorry, despairing tableaux. As the American uniforms were sighted, a great stir went through this strange camp. Many rushed toward the Major’s jeep and the two light tanks.

“This train which contained about 2,500 Jews, had a few days previously left the Bergen-Belsen death camp.”

Read the rest here:

https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/jewish-prisoners-liberated-death-train-1945/?fbclid=IwAR1hQ0n1nVBhjWoH5U0S0MzwoAhj4tE84vb2JmgPhmZ7Stjr5XHfFaX9m_U

I don’t want to take anything away from that situation. There is so much to be said about that reality.

But I do want to remind you that what those people experienced is, at another level, our story.

We were rescued.

We were given new life.

This Advent season, join me in celebrating God’s Greatest Gift that made our freedom in Christ possible.

See yourself in that picture?

 

 

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