Hitler’s Cross: How the Cross was used to promote the Nazi agenda by Erwin W. Lutzer

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ebq5stDr. Erwin Lutzer lays out the fascinating and seldom examined story of Nazi Germany’s paradoxical attempt to use the Church to overthrow Christianity in his book Hitler’s Cross: How the cross was used to promote the Nazi agenda.

“Deine Reich Komme,” Hitler prayed these words publicly- Thy Kingdom Come. But to whose kingdom was he referring? The answer to that question is the heart and soul of this book, as Lutzer examines the rabid hatred that Hitler and his National Socialist Party (NAZIS) had for Christianity, and how he sought to infiltrate the church with his own philosophy and ideals to destroy it from within.
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Featured Book: Passionate Crusaders by Heather Voight

Passionate Crusaders Cover LARGE EBOOKPassionate Crusaders tells the gripping story of a few righteous Americans who sought to do what many thought impossible in 1944—save Jews who had not yet been murdered in the Holocaust.

By January 1944, Treasury Department officials Henry Morgenthau, John Pehle, and Josiah DuBois had already convinced President Franklin Roosevelt to create the War Refugee Board, an agency with the authority to provide rescue and relief for Jews and other groups persecuted by the Nazis.

Scholars have criticized the Board for its inability to save more Jews and maintained that the agency should have been created sooner. Heather Voight’s groundbreaking research proves that despite its shortcomings, the War Refugee Board changed history and forever altered American foreign policy. Its creation ended the cycle of indifference that the government and the American public had shown to victims of the Holocaust. In the words of Henry Morgenthau, from 1944-1945 “crusaders, passionately persuaded of the need for speed and action” risked their reputations and sometimes their lives to save Jews. Continue reading “Featured Book: Passionate Crusaders by Heather Voight”

Featured Book: The Silent Heroes by Hans Moederzoon Van Kuilenburg

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The Silent Heroes: A Memoir of Holland During World War II is a true story of heroism, survival, and resistance by ordinary people living during extraordinary times.

World War II was marked by fear, despair, and hardship for those living under Nazi occupation. Author Hans Moederzoon van Kuilenburg was a 10-year-old girl living in Amsterdam, when German soldiers invaded Holland in the spring of 1940. The Dutch wanted to stay neutral in the war because its military was no match for the Germans. But within five days, Holland had fallen. The next five years were among the darkest in Dutch history, culminating in the “hunger winter” of 1944, in which 30,000 Dutch people died of hunger and cold.

Ordinary citizens like the author’s father fought back in any way they could to mitigate the German war machine. A civilian supervisor of marine supplies, he stole food and clothing from the Germans to feed and clothe Dutch people in need. Eventually his activities attracted notice and he was imprisoned. Says van Kuilenburg, “My mother, with the help of our family doctor, got him out of the claws of the so feared SS. This is his story and that of other Dutch heroes who risked their own lives to help others.”
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Shot Down: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth by Steve Snyder

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Author Steve Snyder pens the exciting true account of the WWII B-17 Susan Ruth and it’s crew, piloted by his own father Howard Snyder.

Utilizing information taken from personal letters, interviews, declassified military records and verbal and written accounts, Steve Snyder has crafted together a fascinating and incredibly vivid account of the life and events of the crew of the Susan Ruth throughout the bombing campaigns in Europe during WWII.

Exhaustively researched and full of vibrant detail, Snyder gives the reader a very real feel for what it was like living in the tumultuous period of history- especially for the pilots and crew members.
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The Years of Zero: Coming of Age Under the Khmer Rouge by Seng Ty

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“I remember the beauty and peace of Cambodia before the Khmer Rouge. Her people were generous and free-spirited. Her land was fertile, carpeted with rice fields, and her every monsoon a blessing… At night, the frogs croaked and crickets chirped. It was pure innocence in our big land.”

So begins the heart-rending tale of Seng Ty, and his experiences growing up in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge uprising. The youngest of 11 children, his life would be forever changed by the ruthless armies of the communist regime which sought to create an agrarian utopia through Maoist principles, mercilessly slaughtering and starving millions of Cambodians along the way.

Appearing under the guise of peace with claims of “saving” the people, the Khmer Rouge forced families from their homes in the cities into the countryside to cultivate the rice fields. But it doesn’t take long for the new government to reveal its true colors, and for the people to witness the brutal nature of their captors. 

In this chilling first hand account, Seng Ty describes the inconceivable horrors that were thrust upon him at an early age at the hand of the Khmer Rouge, including forced labor, extreme starvation, the witnessing of brutal and violent executions, and the loss of his loved ones. Through it all, he shows superhuman courage, drawing strength from the memory and enduring words of his mother. Driven by his parents desire for a better future for him, he manages to withstand, again and again, the most harrowing of experiences and fights against all odds to survive.
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The Family by David Laskin

One family, three fates. . .

Intrigued by rumors of a shared ancestry with an infamous villain, David Laskin uncovered the stories of his family’s past- only to discover that the truth was far more interesting.

“The Family” follows the story of two brothers, Avram and Shalom Tvi, who grew up in Volozhin, the sons of a devoutly Jewish Russian who painstakingly hand-copies the Torah.

As time passes, the two brothers part ways, making their futures with their own families. Avram’s daughter, Itel, joins the Bund (a socialist Jewish workers org), becoming the leader of the group and falling in love with activist Wolf Rosenthal. Due to threats of arrest from the government, she moves to America, and is followed soon after by her parents and all but one of her brothers, Chaim, who makes aliyah to Israel. Continue reading “The Family by David Laskin”