“Thus let all your enemies perish, Israel”

This post first appeared on Kineti and is authored by Judah Gabriel Himango, one of Tabernacle of David’s teachers.

Holocaust survivor Miki Goldman at the trial of Nazi butcher Adolf Eichmann

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the @Israel Twitter account gave Holocaust survivor Miki Goldman control of their account yesterday to tell his story and open up for Q&A. His remarkable story shows a beautiful arc of justice as he goes from Auschwitz survivor to prisoner of Great Britain to Tel Aviv policeman to investigator in the Adolf Eichmann trial, and more:

Miki tells of how he ended up at Auschwitz and survived for 2 years:

He explains how he escaped the Nazis as the Red Army approached the camp. As the Nazis evacuated the camp, they led the prisoners on a death march; Miki saw many dead or dying of hunger or hypothermia, face-down in the snow. At an opportune moment, he falls face down in the snow along the side of the road, pretending to be dead. The plan worked:

After staying hidden for a few weeks, Miki joins the Red Army to bring the fight to the Nazis:

Two years after World War II ended, Miki boarded the Hatikva boat to Israel. At that time, Israel was not yet a formal nation, still under British control. The British seized the boat and Miki spent over a year in a detention camp in Cyprus. During that time, the nation of Israel was formally founded on May 14th, 1948, ending British rule. Within the year, Miki was released and arrived in Tel Aviv:

There Miki became a police office and investigator in Tel Aviv, eventually serving with the legal team that prosecuted the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, who had fled Germany to Argentina and was subsequently captured by Israeli intelligence institute Mossad:

Miki on the feeling of dread of pure evil upon seeing Eichmann:

During the trial, a witness against Eichmann testified he saw a Nazi soldier shoot and kill Jews and whip a small boy 80 times. “Can you point out the youth who received the 80 lashes?” “Yes, he’s sitting right there.” [points to Miki Goldman].

As justice was carried out and Eichmann was sentenced to death by the Jerusalem court, Miki recounts a moving experience, a fitting end to the Nazi butcher:

Amein, amein!


One final note because it is on my heart: I asked Miki how we can best help Holocaust survivors. Miki replied that many survivors are lonely — especially if they have no living relatives — and are often in difficult financial situations. He said we ought to support the organizations that help Holocaust survivors.

One such organization is my own charity, Bless Israel. We raise funds for Holocaust survivors and distribute the funds through on-the-ground charities like Chevra Humanitarian, Vision for Israel, and the Joseph Project. Holocaust survivors like Miki have a short time remaining on this earth – I urge you in Yeshua’s name to bless them financially. I don’t care which organization you do it through. Because we share in Israel’s spiritual blessings, how much more should we return the physical blessings and abundance to the Jewish people? And if Israel ought to be blessed, how much more these precious few living Holocaust survivors?

Thanks, friends.