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April 24, 2014 9:50 am

ADL Slams Jews for Jesus Recruitment Video as ‘Cynical Abuse of the Holocaust’ (VIDEO)

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Jews for Jesus recruitment film entitled 'That Jew Died for You.' Photo: Screenshot / YouTube.

Jews for Jesus recruitment film entitled 'That Jew Died for You.' Photo: Screenshot / YouTube.

The Anti-Defamation League on Thursday condemned a recruitment video produced by the missionary group Jews for Jesus as a “cynical abuse of the Holocaust for purposes of proselytizing.”

The video has already garnered more than 1.1 million views on YouTube, where it was posted three weeks ago.

In the black-and-white, three minute film, Jesus is portrayed as being among those in the selection line at the entrance to what appears to be the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, the ADL said. Jesus is then shown carrying a cross as a Nazi officer standing at the infamous gates of Auschwitz sends him to the gas chambers. The video’s tagline is, “That Jew Died for You.”

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director and a Holocaust survivor, said, “The Jews for Jesus video is a cynical abuse of the Holocaust for purposes of proselytizing. It is deeply offensive not only to Jews who lost family members in the Holocaust, but also to Christians who would not want to see images of Jesus used for propaganda or shock value.”

Foxman added, “Jews for Jesus has taken their abuse of Holocaust imagery to a new low. This is an outrageous cheapening of the tragedy of the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust for the purpose of gaining attention to the Jews for Jesus missionary cause, which is to convert Jews to the belief that Jesus is their Messiah.”

In April 2001, ADL spoke out after Jews for Jesus launched an advertising campaign that used the Holocaust as a tactic to convert Jews. The campaign featured ads in national magazines such as NewsweekTIME Magazine and Rolling Stone featuring people identified as Holocaust survivors who were quoted as saying that they were Holocaust survivors who “truly believe in Jesus.”

See the Jews for Jesus recruitment film, below.

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  • I just authored a new book “The Holocaust as seen through Film. ” I do not believe Jesus was the MESSIAH, but I do believe he was a Jew. If he were at Auschwitz he would have been murdered just for being a Jew. This should be the message for all mankind. We together, people of all religions, should fight evil. IT was the teachings of the Church not Jesus, that allowed Hitler to spread his ideology of hatred for the Jews. Jesus lived and died a Jew. I am happy that the teachings of the Church regarding the Jewish people have changed. During this period of Easter and Passover, as well as the remembrance of the Holocaust may love conquer evil and may we together fight the hatred and intolerance. A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE CHRISTIANS WHO SUPPORT THE STATE OF ISRAEL. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

  • judorebbe

    Wow, I never knew that Christians loved us so much!

    Hey, what the hell? Easy enough to forgive and forget about centuries of pogroms, massacres, inquisitions, expulsions, forced baptisms, and kidnapping our children to be raised as loving Christians … oh, and a few blood libels along the way.

    The Gospel of Saint (???) Matthew 7:16 states (with a slight modification) that you shall know these unscrupulous bastards by their fruits.

  • I think it is appropriate to look at the book of Job for a response to this article. Job and friends had long discussions about God and his purposes in the lives of people. But in the end God spoke and settled things when he said “where were you when I made the earth …” and leveled the field.

    For me personally, God spoke to me through Yeshua (the Hebrew way of saying Jesus), healed me and my marriage, and gave us peace (that was 35 years ago). The Messiah is supposed to do this, so it is appropriate to show him at the end of the video and let him have the last word. He was needed in Job’s time and he is needed now.

    reference Job chapter 38
    “Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: ‘Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?’ …”

    • מיכאל

      David Brikner – may his name be obliterated.
      Burn in Hell!

      J4J managers are blatant antisemites

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