Righteous among the Nations

“The Righteous Among the Nations, honored by Yad Vashem,
are non-Jews who took great risks to save Jews during the Holocaust.
Rescue took many forms and the Righteous came from different nations,
religions and walks of life.
What they had in common was that they protected their Jewish neighbors
at a time when hostility and indifference prevailed.”

Yad Vashem-The World Holocaust Remembrance Center

(96 year old Tibor Biranaski / The Buffalo News / one so honored as Righteous among the Nations )

This time of year there seems to be an overt abundance of stuff and fluff
blanketing our lives.

For we are a people now consumed with all things holiday—
and with what all that entails.
Whether we participate in the madness or not…it doesn’t matter…
because everyone is affected to some level or other and in some capacity or another…

Be it traffic, crowds, travel delays, deadlines, timelines,
weather mishaps, shopping, cooking…there is simply a heightened sense of urgency
racing throughout this month of December.

So when a tiny shining ray of light pierces the chaos, we stop dead in our tracks,
staring as we take notice of this out of place phenomena.

I caught the latest offering by our favorite Wee Flea…his latest mixed bag
of stories highlighting a variety of events and observations–some good, some bad…
with one small story catching my eye.

Saving the Jews –

Tibir Biranaski, was a 22-year-old trainee priest in Budapest who stopped over
3,000 Jews being deported to Auschwitz in 1944.
This lovely video from Channel 4 News shows the 96 year old testifying
to why he did it.

“The Jews were persecuted. I’m a Christian and God created man for freedom.
Everything that is against freedom is devilish”

I clicked the link taking me to a Channel 4 News Facebook video clip featuring a breif
tale of Mr. Biranaski. (link included in the Wee Flea link)
I dug further.
I found a newspaper story about Mr Biranaski’s tale. (link also provided below)

As this is the season of gift giving, we are indeed now given a small gift.
A most timely gift.
A most needed gift.

A single reminder and example of one human being offering himself selflessly
for his fellow human beings.
A story we don’t see or hear much about as such stories are drowned out by the
never-ending din of cultural madness.

A young Catholic priest in training, with great risk to self, worked to keep
3000 Jews from certain death.

How sobering it was stopping long enough to watch the video clip.
How perspective changing to read the Buffalo News story about this now
96 year old man…a former seminarian, husband, father, grandfather, and “savior” to
3000 jews.

And yet his story, those countless stories, now grow only fainter and father away
with each and every passing day as the members of that “greatest” generation…
be they Americans or not, are leaving us at an ever increasing rate.

The irony that such a story surfaces now as thoughts are turning towards a
tiny Jewish family wandering their way toward Bethlehem, is not lost on me or
on my sense of wonder.

A time for gift giving indeed….

LED 20 – Refugees in Scotland; Saving the Jews; Anti-Nazis in Dundee; Banning Franklin Graham; Another Brexit Bus; Feminism; Bermuda and SSM; A Christmas Carol



28 comments on “Righteous among the Nations

  1. Lynda says:

    Such courage on the part of so many during that dark time in history! I think also of Corrie Ten Boom and her family. May God grant us the courage to advocate for the marginalized and vulnerable in our society today.

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  3. Angie says:

    Isn’t it wonderful that so few gave so much for so many, Julie? I love stories like this. If only we saw these every day in all the press — just think how it would change our history and make this world a better place today! Merry Christmas, Julie. And here’s praying for a Blessed and Peace-filled New Year!

  4. Beautiful. I love this, Julie. The stories of those who gave in order to protect Israel and its people never cease to amaze and inspire me. Thank you. Merry Christmas, dear Julie! ❤

  5. Wally Fry says:

    Good post, Julie. Sad, that even to this day there are those professing to be followers of God’s Word who fail to see the special place God still has for His chosen people. It’s very dark still, even among Christendom.

  6. Wally Fry says:

    We had a wonderful time last night. Great food, kids did a good job on their play, with a great message. God to meet a lot of the parents who send their kids to church, as most of them don’t come. As far as the other? I’ll just wait and see what you come up with later.

    • I’ll work on that, it might be after Christmas—but it would go along with today’s offering about Churchill…..so we’ll see…as this generation of folks just don’t grasp where this world once dangerously stood—as Churchill is heard to say—its hard to reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth—and we seem to keep our heads in the mouth of the “tiger” but think we can rationalize our way out….

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