But What Happened to the Victims?
The Holocaust, a Victim’s Story.
Of all the recordings I have, I think the most moving one is one made by a Jewish victim of the Holocaust. When it was played over the sound system in a cinema, there was hardly a dry eye in the place. We now have a copy of the minutes of the actual meeting at which plans were drawn up and orders were given, for the killing of six million men, women and children in Europe. Although the media, especially the BBC, have annual stories and programs in memory of the Holocaust, no one ever questions what happened to the victims after death. It is as if the western world were certain that death meant oblivion, and even the question of a post mortem existence could not be raised.
The spirit who spoke, gave his name as Jakob Mankowitz. He and his family lived in Prague before World War II, where they had a hardware business. When the Germans invaded, in common with many other Jews, Jakob was taken away one night and eventually ended up in a quarry in Austria as a slave labourer. He was one of hundreds, carrying rocks from the base of the quarry to the top. His family never heard from him again.
After nine months of brutal treatment and insufficient food, Jakob dropped the rock he was to carry. A warder struck him on the head and he died a short while later. In all his troubles, he had had in his mind’s eye, a picture of his wife’s face, the beautiful Hannah with the curly hair. Knowing nothing of the afterlife, at first he found himself in the dark but still conscious. Then, drawn by the face he remembered, he found himself earthbound, looking at his wife, now in a tiny hovel, but he was unable to communicate with her. Her hair was now grey, her face emaciated. Both her sons, David and Abel had been taken away and she was now utterly depressed and without hope.
Day and night he watched her, until the day the Germans came for her, saying she must leave to go to a factory where she would have work, and good food and clothing. With many others she was taken to a railway siding where soldiers forced them all on to railway cattle wagons, until no more could be pushed into each wagon. Again he followed as the train slowly made its way for three days and nights to a place called Auschwitz. They had no food, drink or sanitation, and some went mad on the journey. On arrival, the survivors had to jump down, and in doing this, Hannah sprained her ankle. She was classed as unfit for work and directed into the shower rooms and told to shower. After the shower, the gas taps were turned on and Jakob saw the bodies fall down – and then, to his amazement – he saw their spirit bodies emerge and rise up. At that moment, he suddenly became aware of something incredible. All around, were spirit beings, some dressed as nurses and doctors, helping and encouraging the bewildered spirits whose bodies had so recently died. A spirit said to Jakob, “Go to her! Hold her!” and he was able to seize her hand, and together they soared upwards, following the guiding spirits who urged them on. They arrived at an unbelievable place, a comfortable reception centre staffed by loving and welcoming compatriots. Here there were tables, beautifully laid, with delicacies and drinks such as they had not seen for years.
They had been so traumatized by the hardships they had endured, that their fear had not left them, but gradually they realised that were safe at last, as they chatted to friends and relatives who came to greet them. Jakob found himself a young man again and Hannah a young woman. They were given a room to themselves and slept in each others arms. They were told that their sons would soon join them and they would never again be parted against their will.
Classes were held to explain the new world they found themselves in, and it was made clear that they could if they wished make their way to even finer realms, if they could make spiritual progress. The hardest thing they were asked to do, was to learn to forgive the Germans for what they had done to them. It was explained that the German warders were themselves only cogs in the machine, trapped in a situation from which they could not escape.
This forgiveness was too much for Hannah to achieve, after her sufferings, but Jakob managed it, and with some others went to try to rescue Germans who were now in the lower astral realm. They also agreed to learn, so that they could try and communicate with an English group, in order to tell the world what their fate had been after their sufferings. They found themselves in a gloriously beautiful land with even more wonderful prospects ahead of them. Above all they said they wanted to tell Spiritualists that they did not really appreciate what a treasure they had in their teachings about the after life. “Our scriptures were not helpful!” they said, “They told us nothing about the real world we have here, where we have found peace and happiness. We say, ‘ Shalom’ to all the world!”
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