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Andrew and Jamie Visit Auschwitz Fall 2009

Memorial plaque reminding visitors of the despairing history of Auschwitz. (Click to enlarge)During a recent visit to Europe, which included stops in England, Germany, Hungary and Poland, Andrew and Jamie visited Auschwitz – Birkenau. Auschwitz served as Germany’s largest Nazi concentration camp during World War II. The stop was a stark reminder of what can happen if ideas go unchecked or unchallenged long enough to become an accepted mainstream ideology.

Menacing barbed wire fences kept camp prisoners confined as they traveled between buildings. (Click to enlarge)

Andrew has toured Auschwitz on more than one occasion, and while speaking to the staff during a recent AWM meeting he compared his visits. Andrew recalled being there some 25 years ago when the grounds weren’t quite the tourist destination they are now—when they were deserted. At the time the desolate state of the grounds made it easy for Andrew to envision the scale of the atrocities and to imagine all that went on there. He recalled roaming by himself through the barracks, gas chambers and furnaces, and walking past the furniture and lamps made from the skin and remains of some of the millions of Jews
killed there.

A number of buildings have been destroyed, but the ruins serve as a cold reminder of the atrocities that took place there. (Click to enlarge)“Auschwitz is overwhelming, it’s hard to really feel anything because it’s bigger than you can wrap your brain around,” Andrew said, as he reflected on his visits.

Andrew went on to comment, “Going to Auschwitz really sobers you and lets you realize that we’re fighting that same evil in the world today. It’s right here in America, it’s right here in Colorado Springs, it’s the exact same spirit of Antichrist.”

Under the influence of the same spirit of Antichrist, more than 40 million unborn babies have been murdered in United States since 1973. This was the year another terribly flawed line of thinking was accepted, and abortion was made legal in America.

Andrew’s memories of his stops in Auschwitz remind him that AWM and Christians everywhere, have a serious job to do, and that what the ministry is doing, reaching and changing people’s hearts, is vitally important.

“If the Body of Christ won’t stand against evil, you can’t expect the non-believers to do it,” Andrew said.