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Treasure Digest: Dachau: Praying for the End of Suffering

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Dachau: Praying for the End of Suffering

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At the entrance to the site was a wrought iron gate with the words "Arbeit Macht Frei," which means "Work Makes One Free." What a twisted message for a place where such heinous crimes took place! As I have learned over the years, it is the truth that makes one free. "And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:32, New Revised Standard Version). At one location, consisting of several rectangular concrete slabs, were the remnants of former buildings. These structures, which had long since been torn down, had housed the concentration camp prisoners. Finally, the most moving part of my visit was a series of still standing ovens where the bodies of dead prisoners had been cremated. Even though it had been more than 30 years since the end of World War II, it still retained the distinct odor of death. Looking back, I take comfort in the knowledge that all such suffering will end. For it says in Revelation 21:4: "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.'' In the not-too-distant future, our great, powerful and awesome God will take over the imperfect governments of this world and usher in His perfect government that will never fail and will show mankind a better way. God hasten that day!