“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

The picture of the Jewish Women and Children above is from a group of 1,684 Jews, of whom 1,670 survived the ride to Switzerland aboard the Kasztner train in 1944. The man who made this possible was Rezső Kasztner.

He sounds like a hero to me, but some people want more than results, they demand documentation of faultlessness, or else.

An Israeli judge, Benjamin Halevy, found Rezső Kasztner guilty of “selling his soul to the devil.” The Judge decided that Kasztner didn’t warn other Jews to flee. Kasztner’s motive was supposedly to selfishly save a “smaller number of Jews,” including his family and friends.

An angry citizen, acting on one-sided publicity and outrage, assassinated Rezső Kasztner in 1957.

Judge Halevy was appointed to the Supreme Court of Israel in 1963, but before that…

The Supreme Court of Israel posthumously exonerated Kasztner in 1958. One of those judges, Shneur Zalman Cheshin, wrote this:

“On the basis of the extensive and diverse material which was compiled in the course of the hearing, it is easy to describe Kastner as ‘blacker than black’ and place the mark of Cain on his forehead, but it is also possible to describe him as purer than the driven snow and regard him as ‘the righteous of our generation.’ A man who exposed himself to mortal danger in order to save others.” — Shneur Zalman Cheshin of the Israeli Supreme Court, 1958

Erwin Lutzer, the author of When a Nation Forgets God, quotes a German man…

“I lived in Germany during the Nazi Holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. We heard stories of what was happening to the Jews, but we tried to distance ourselves from it because what could anyone do to stop it? A railroad track ran behind our church, and each Sunday morning we could hear the whistle in the distance and then wheels coming over the tracks. We became disturbed as we heard the cries coming from the train as it passed by. We realized that it was carrying Jews like cattle in the cars. Week after week the whistle would blow. We dreaded to hear the sound of those wheels because we knew that we could hear the cries of the Jews on route to a death camp. Their screams tormented us. We knew the time the train was coming and when we heard the whistle blow, we began singing hymns. By the time the train came past our church, we were singing at the top of our voices. If we heard the screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more. Years have passed, and no one talks about it anymore. But I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. God forgive me. Forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians and yet did nothing to intervene.” — When a Nation Forgets God, 7 lessons we must learn from Nazi Germany, by Erwin W. Lutzer.

Is there a lesson for us in this?

What is it?

Dangerous Love,

Morrill Talmage Moorehead, MD

9 thoughts on ““To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

    • Thank you for the reference, Spira. I’m reading the intro now. It’s mind boggling. Reminds me of the Old Testament stories where the “Chosen People” who were careful keepers of 9/10ths of the 10 Commandments failed to disobey orders when supposedly they were told by God to go kill men, women and children.
      After 9/11, this is the one Biblical story I finally rejected, and having done that, I couldn’t call myself a fundamentalist anymore (because I didn’t think the Bible was infallible). God ordered human slaughter? No way.
      I don’t doubt that someone powerful told ancient Israel to kill other people, but I can’t believe it was God. I suspect it might have been a technologically advanced ET or something along those lines, but who knows? The cabal portion of the US government still hasn’t mentioned who’s building and piloting the UFOs they’re talking about now. Leaves lots of room for wild speculation.
      I think it’s vital to study the Holocaust, as long as we don’t make the mistake of thinking our group of humans is special, too smart, too righteous or too favored by God to fall into the same evil pattern of mass murder for the “greater good.” Americans today seem brainwashed enough to go down this idiotic path, one political party against the other for the “greater good” of all. I say forget killing. “Luke, it’s a trap!” 😉

  1. Thanks for giving us another eyewitness account of a person with conscience issues after being a “good person,” yet doing nothing to rescue people being slaughtered like cattle. We can probably all commiserate w the knowledge that the problem is so much bigger than one person can usually deal with, effectively. We lack power, resources, space to hide people, alternate means of transport, so many things that a single person has not the ability to save even one soul. Even Oskar Schindler was only able to save 1100 Jews via his huge factory operation. But one person saved is like saving the whole world community.

    • You’re welcome.
      Significant points you make. Thanks. Yes, if Schrödinger is right and there is only one mind in the Universe, then saving one person would literally be like saving the whole world. Even if it’s just figurative, it’s still true because of the sacred nature of human life.
      Incidentally, I think lovingkindness meditation with emphasis on gamma brainwave production is potentially a significant part of the solution to the Western problem of empathy depletion arising from the implications of scientific materialism.

  2. Let’s just hope there are no trains like this in our future. The unrest in this country seems like a pile of dry twigs just waiting for a spark to start a forest fire.

    • I agree. I prayed that the election would be a landslide either way. I didn’t ask for one or the other to win, just for a decisive victory so the losers wouldn’t feel cheated. My prayers weren’t answered with “yes.” Looks like the race is uncomfortably close. As if God respects free will or something. That concept does seem to be the answer to most complaints about God.
      The unrest in the US is AI driven and profit driven. It deserves to be called brainwashing… of everyone equally on both sides of the aisle, it seems to me.

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