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Brought As Lambs to the Slaughter

#33, Auschwitz Album Revisited
Oil Painting by Dr. Pat Mercer Hutchens

In the Spring and Summer of 1944 alone, 450,000 Hungarian Jews were murdered in Auschwitz. Of that group, 75% were women and children and upon arriving were sent to their death immediately. From the time they got off the cattle cars until they were stuffed into the gas chambers was usually no more than one to two hours. This mother appeared to me to be saying, “These, my beautiful children, are being brought as lambs to the slaughter!” (Isa.53) Scripture point to a future judgment for these evils: “Woe to whoever causes one of these little ones to stumble – it would be better if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matt.18:6)