A 94-year-old man living quietly in the southern United States had a hidden past.
[Darris McNeely] Looking at the picture of this house, you see it's a typical suburban house on a cul de sac in a very small town in the southern part of the United States. But living in that home for a number of years was a man who's 94 years old, who, by all accounts was a very kind, gentle individual. He raised his family there, his wife died in that home and was a good neighbor. And then it was discovered, that Friedrich Karl Berger, age 94, had been a Nazi guard at a concentration camp in World War II in Germany. And through the years, had found himself through Canada into America, and was living here and had lived out his life. But, the statutes on Nazis and those that have been implicated in the Holocaust hasn't run out. Even though, as Mr. Berger, at age 94, they are all growing quite old. And it could be that Mr. Berger may be the last, if not certainly, among the last of the Nazis who were caught living in other parts of the world, and then sent back to stand trial, for that which they were a part of the crimes against the Jewish race during World War II. It's been an interesting story down through the decades to watch all of this.
I remember back in the early 1960s, the actual trial of one of the most notorious of the Nazis, Adolf Eichmann, and how he had been kidnapped out of Argentina, taken back to Israel, stood trial, and then was hung for his crimes. It still goes on. And yet, as the years have gone on, not only have the Holocaust survivors begun to die off, there's only a few of those left, but even those who are guilty of those crimes, but there's still laws on the books. And it's an interesting lesson for us to consider in terms of the reach of the law, the statutes that are still there, but most importantly, perhaps the matter of justice.
Whatever happens to Mr. Berger, it will not bring back the Jews that died and others who died in the camp that he guarded. Any one of us who's been to these camps and have seen the literal evidence of what took place in the Holocaust, in World War II, we are sobered and we still remember those matters. And it is a part of our culture and our laws today that justice is still sought. But ultimately, justice lies in the hands of God. And whether it's the martyrs of the Holocaust, whether it's religious martyrs of God's Church, or people down through the ages who have suffered unjustly, there's a scripture, in Revelation 6:10, that does speak to the justice that is there, and ultimately in the hands of God.
In Revelation 6:10, in part of the vision that John had about the actual throne of God, it says that those souls under the altar at the very throne of God cried with a loud voice saying, "How long Oh Lord, holy and true until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth." This verse is explicitly talking about those who have been slain for the Word of God and their testimony.
But in a similar way, we can understand that God's justice applies not just to his martyrs, but also to all who have died unjustly throughout the ages, no matter what the crime against any particular group of people or humanity. Those few Nazis that may still be hiding out, still may be alive, they may be found.
But as we consider this phenomenon of our modern world, let's understand that true justice is ultimately in the hands of God. And for that, we can be very grateful.
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