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This week's featured speaker is: Irving Roth

Date of the message: 2/24/2014


Speaker: Irving Roth

  • Irving Roth lived in Slovakia during the Holocaust. As a Jew, he was under prosecution by Nazi Germany.
  • As Germany slowly overtook Europe in the late 1930s, Roth began to experience persecution by being banned from public areas and other luxuries. By 1940 he was forced to leave school and sports teams with non-Jews.
  • By 1941 his father was forced to close his business. Later, the Jewish people were being executed.
  • Roth’s family escaped to Hungary only to find Jews were kept there for slave labor.
  • In 1944 Roth was captured and sent on a train to Auswitzch, where he was put into concentration.
  • In concentration, Roth found courage through prayer and scripture.
  • The Nazi soldiers holding Roth’s camp fled in a day-long air raid.He was then rescued by American troops, who took care of him and the other children in the camp.
  • Roth eventually returns to his home town and finds his mother alive. His father, Joe Roth, came ill, but was healed by a Christian doctor.He too arrived home safely after the war.
  • After the war, the country of Israel is founded for the Jewish population.However, the country continues to face anti-Semitic attacks.
  • Roth calls to warn Americans to be wary of present-day anti-Semitic plans from countries such as Iran with plans similar to Nazi Germany’s.
  • Roth places his hope in Christianity and the actions of Christians to put an end to anti-Semitic violence.

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