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The Jews of Lublin in Poland and the evil Austrian born Commander Odilo Globochnik

 

 

On this site I will mostly use a version based on the “Jewish Publication Society” Tanakh (JPS)

 

With Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham

 

Please Note: This page is about our fellow Jews in Poland during the times of the

Holocaust. Parts of it is harsh, but, but what we learn is that there are

those who were of such great faith they overcame their enemy!

 

Part One - Israel and the Burning Bush:

B’Nai Israel (the Children of Israel), as history has proven have suffered the hatred from so many nations from the very time when Moshe - Moses stood before Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, at the burning bush. And we know this to be true, for even as he was standing in the presence of Elohim, Pharaoh was already pursuing a plan to exterminate all of the Children of Israel. But whilst Moshe saw the bush ablaze with the presence of Elohim and He gave him a message with a promise. Believe me all nations better take note of that event because they will be punished again.

As Moshe watched, he saw the bush burn with fire, yet, it was not consumed, for Elohim (through the Angel of Elohim) was in the midst of the bush! Moshe was taught that He would be used to emancipate Israel from slavery out of Egypt, even whilst they were being persecuted; “ablaze with fireIsrael would never be consumed nor exterminated for our Heavenly Father would be “in the midst of His people,” as He was “in the burning bush.”

Whilst the fire of “the Holocaust” was tragically consuming so many of our Jewish brethren throughout Nazi Europe, an astonishing event took place in Lublin, Poland. The City of Lublin was famed for being a city of great Jewish learning and it was from there comes this true amazing and heroic story of faith!

How Strong is Our Faith?

The following story is one of an event that occurred in Lublin and it certainly gives all of us a glimpse of the great determination and the faith the Jews of Lublin had! I will always believe that their kind of faith will always remain with us in various measures especially when times and days are tough. I pray that this story will touch you and strengthen you to have that kind of Faith; one that pleases Elohim, blessed is He!

To see such a strong faith in action in the face of great horror and death must challenge anyone and it should lead us to question ourselves, “Will my faith be that strong in the face of danger? Will I stand on what I believe in, or will I deny my Elohim in order to escape death?

A View of the old part Jewish of Lublin by Leon Wyczolkowski

The Evil Commander:

Storm trooper Commander Globochnik was a well-known notorious Sadistic murderer throughout Poland and he had been entrusted with the fate of the Jews of Lublin. One of the first things he did was to call an assembly for all the Yidden of the city. Any who refused to come would be shot dead on the spot. Not knowing their fate, they came to an abandoned field just on the outskirts of the city. High barbed wire fences surrounded this barren field. Guards stood around with machine guns and others with whips at the ready in their wicked hands hoping they could use them as soon as possible.

Globochnik gangs had already attacked the Jews of Lublin at the Great Yeshiva and they attacked not just the building, but also the sacred books and the blessed Torah Scrolls, which were all burned and destroyed, whilst the faithful rabbis had to look on, and then with them trembling they were also marched to the field on the outskirts of Lublin not knowing what would befall them, for they would surely die.

After a long yet a threatening time waiting for something to happen, it was with great suddenness that the armed guards formed a double line, with guns at the ready all aimed directly at our fellow Yidden in middle of the field and they stood there waiting the end to come as they prayed to Elohim!

Heading to the field

Then suddenly from behind these two lines, without warning, Globochnik stepped forward and he absolutely looked delighted with himself, thinking he had invented a nice new and ingenious torture, just as if he was thinking, “Well I have scared these  filthy Jews to death, look at them some almost “--did it--” in their pants! They actually thought they were about to die, no I will stretch that out as long as I can, but die they surely will!”

His troops were well used to him inflicting brutal and mental torture upon the Yidden and they simply loved it! They stood impatiently by for their orders that would surely come in due course to go and beat their brains in and slaughter each and every one of them for that was their joy and their reward! Globochnik was in such high spirits, laughing uncontrollably. His laughter curdled the blood of all the poor Yidden together, who were waiting, and waiting for what was going to happen, for this evil man seemed to be completely mad!

Then suddenly he screeched;

Sing, Jews, sing! I want you to sing a happy song! Yes, sing a Chassidic ditty!

However, the Jews of Lublin remained silent. “Is this all this madman wants from us?” they asked themselves.

How could these poor people in mortal fear of their very lives bring themselves to sing a happy Chassidic song for these murderous barbarians? They were unable to open their mouths whilst in such fear.

Globochnik was not too happy, for he demanded they sing, so he yelled like a madman possessed;

Attack those stubborn Jews! Beat them with all your might, show them no mercy!

The guards happily followed Globochnik’s order, their ruthlessness matched only by their vehemence. As they came hitting and pushing, the Jews were forced back against the barbed wire. The Barbs on the fence tore and even shredded some of their flesh, pricking their very beings, and blood began to flow from their bodies and faces. They huddled closely together, stumbling, and falling as more, and more guards came against them, beating, and beating. Many were trampled under foot, as the confusion of a new wave of retreating people was pushed back.

Then again came that hideous voice of Globochnik,

Sing, you arrogant Jews, sing, or you will die! Attack them; force them against the wire. Gunners, aim your machine guns. Sing you dirty Jews or die!

Suddenly, a cracking melancholy voice broke the silence. It was the voice of a man crushed amongst these frightened ones.

He began to sing a Chassidic folk song in which this faithful Yid poured his soul before his Elohim, the Elohim of Avraham, Yitzchak - Isaac, and of Ya’aqov - Jacob.

But look these were the lyrics he sang

Lomir Zich Iberbeiten, Avinu Shebashamayim, Lomir Zich Iberbeiten
Let us be reconciled, Heavenly father, Let us be Reconciled.”

But nobody joined him and the singing stopped. Then after what seemed like hours, the same tune broke forth again. Somebody else had started to sing. It was the same melody, but this time the words were different.

This one solitary voice in this downtrodden crowd became the representative of all the Jews in Lublin and the world for that matter. He composed new lyrics on the spot. He composed lyrics based on the promises as given to Israel by  Elohim blessed be His Sanctified Name, in the blessed Tanakh.

Suddenly it became a sea of voices that bellowed forth, joining in what seemed to be an impossible dream. Feet were now stamping, arms were locked, and the Jews of Lublin sang and they danced in joyful and spiritual harmony!

They sang and sang the following words in Yiddish;

Mir Velen Zey Iberleben, Avinu Shebashamayim, Mir Velen Zey Iberleben
We shall out-live them, Heavenly Father, we shall out-live them!

At first Globochnik was delighted, however, as he saw their enthusiasm, he stumbled upon their secret “This is not how a humiliated people behave?” In their song and dance, the Jews of Lublin forgot all their pain, all their suffering, humiliation, and despair. They had even forgotten the presence of that monster Globochnik himself.

Stop you … Jews! Stop singing, stop dancing! - STOP now!” he yelled. “AttackGlobochnik ordered his ever-willing soldiers. But the Jews of Lublin kept on singing and dancing …

Mir Velen Zey Iberleben, Avinu Shebashamayim - We shall out-live them, Heavenly Father."

The Jews of Lublin were beaten mercilessly, but they defied their oppressors. Sadly I have to tell you that only one of the Yidden of Lublin survived the horror of that day and he has told the world this amazing story. And as we know from history B’Nai Yisroel has “out-lived them.”

Deportation of Jews of Lublin to the Belzec death camp

Just look at that happy Nazi on the right.

Part Two - The Promise of Elohim to Israel!

Blessed be  Elohim, Israel has out-lived the rage and all who have come against them over the centuries! As for those who have persecuted Israel, then and today, for Elohim has clearly stated;

 As you have done unto Israel, so shall I do unto you.” Obadiah verse 15.

The prophet Yehechel - Ezekiel spoke the following prophetic words about a “valley of dry bones” around 587 BC,

“Then said He unto me; ‘Prophesy unto the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath. Thus saith  Elohim: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live’. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great host. Then He said unto me; ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say; Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off. Therefore prophesy, and say unto them: Thus saith the Master Elohim; Behold, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you into Eretz Yisroel” Yechehel - Ezekiel 37: 9 to 12. (JPS).

 Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, had and still has a great future for His people. Just look at the nations that have persecuted the people of Israel. Where are they now? They have either vanished or diminished as a nation or as a people. Israel has stood at the grave of every empire that has ever persecuted it, even as it did at the fall of the Nazi Empire in 1945. For Elohim, blessed be He, had promised Israel in the Scriptures that they would never be totally “consumed,” nor would they ever “perish,” although they would be “ablaze with fire.”

We must remember that today there are still many good and faithful Hebrews (Jews) who love Elohim who is The One true Elohim, and they do so with all their heart and soul.

It is only by understanding Elohim’s teachings found in the Torah and for that matter all of our beloved Tanakh that we will come to understand the sheer beauty of His treasures and His truth and believe me it is healing!

Thus if you have read this today 1. Commit yourself to serve Elohim, and 2. Let us keep His blessed commandments!

Are you going to be strong and be like those wonderful Yidden in Lublin, and stand up against the wiles of all evils  of the world, be it the doctrinal errors  like the man-created Oral-law, which is NOT from Elohim, but over zealous rabbis. We must hold onto the teaching that were given to Moshe Rabeinu, which we know came direct from Elohim, blessed be He! And even when we stand at a “burning bush,” although it burns with fire, be assured we will never be consumed by it, but we can certainly be blessed by it! “Baruch Elohenu”.

Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

 

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