ORLANDO, FL - Harriet Moldau shares her story of Christians persecuting her Jewish family in Poland and how she now sees the "miracle" of Christians and Jews working together. Her perspective changed after attending a Bless Israel Summit co-sponsored by several organizations, including Liberty Counsel and its affiliated ministries, Christians in Defense of Israel and Covenant Journey. The purpose of the event was to bring together Jews and Christians in support of Israel. The event also raised money for the Koby Mandell Foundation, a non-profit organization that operates in Israel, to provide support and therapy for families who have been shattered by terrorists.
Moldau's testimony explains for younger generations why there is so much animosity and fear from Jews towards Christians, and it gives hope for erasing it. Moldau says:
My parents were born in Poland, and grew up there during the 1920's and 30's. There they experienced antisemitism to a degree which is almost unimaginable.
If a Christian approached a Jew on the street, it would be to beat him up. Jews stepped off the sidewalk if they saw a Christian approaching. If Christians came into a synagogue, it would be to break up the furnishings or rip the beards from the Jewish men. Jews were confined to ghetto areas and were not permitted to own land, own houses, or belong to trade unions. Their synagogues had to be lower than the lowest church. And on Christmas and Easter Sunday, Jews hid in their homes because the Christians would come out of their churches on those particular days, all fired up from what they had just heard, ready to beat and kill Jews.
As a child, I learned never to walk on the same side of the street as a church, because danger lurked there.
I had an opportunity to visit the shtetl (small town) in Poland where my mother grew up. We found the street where she had lived as a child. It was filled with small, single family homes. But at one end of the street loomed a huge church, casting a shadow over all the houses. I later learned that in most cases, Jewish neighborhoods were placed in the shadows of a church, so that the Jews would know clearly who ruled. I could see for myself how frightening daily life could be, and even more on Christmas and Easter.
This was the world my parents knew. When I came to the Bless Israel event, I was blown away by what I saw and experienced there. The auditorium was filled with Christians, all of whom were very respectful of the Jews in their midst, very accepting and even loving toward Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people, and raising money to support a Jewish organization in Israel. I have also seen Christians come into our synagogue on Saturday morning (our Sabbath) and sit through the (very long) service, quietly and respectfully.
I am amazed by all this. The change began in 1945, when the Allied soldiers went into the concentration camps and people saw what the Jew hatred had led to. Since then, the change has been enormous. Over the last 70 years, the attitude of Christians toward Jews has shifted to a degree that never would have been thought possible. I attended the Bless Israel event, and I consider the love, which the Christian people there showed for the Jewish people and for Israel, to be an example of one of God's miracles on earth today.
I wish that my parents were alive to witness this miracle. Based on their experiences in Poland, they would never have believed it could happen.
Moldua's testimony is one of the many ways Liberty Counsel is building bridges with Israel and the Jewish people.
Mat Staver, the Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, is also the President of Christians in Defense of Israel (CIDI) and the President of Covenant Journey, two affiliated ministries designed to give Christians a personal connection to Israel and build important relationships with the Jewish people. Covenant Journey is a ministry that takes Christian college-age students with leadership potential to Israel for a life changing experience. For anyone beyond that age range, CIDI is offering another Liberty Ambassador Counsel VIP Tour to Israel in October 2017. That trip will cover a unique and comprehensive view of the beautiful biblical history and important aspects of the current state of Israel.
"Moldua's story shows the reason many Jews still resent Christians. But much has changed since the Holocaust. The relationship between Christians and Jews is too important to leave in the past. Christians and Jews both share a special bond in the land of Israel and we are committed to supporting Israel. There is no place on earth like Israel. Visiting Israel is truly a life-changing experience," said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.