WHAT IS LIFE GOING TO BE LIKE UNDER THE ANTICHRIST?
Recently a book was sent to us entitled,
Trapped in Hitlerís Hell. My wife
began to read the book and I soon became irritated because she could not put the
book down. I found out why when I started to read the book, I was riveted to it,
despite a number of things that I needed to do. As a result, I just pushed them
aside and finished the book.
This book is special for two reasons, it is a true story and
an account of German Jews who became devoted Christians in the early 1930ís.
Anita Dittman, with the help of Jan Markell takes you back to Germany during the
early years of the rise of the Nazi Party. Anita shares in an interesting way
the details of daily living in a nation which was slowly descending into one of
the most horrible dictatorships to ever exist on the earth. As the iron grip of
the Nazi Party squeezed not only the Jews, but all people living in Germany at
that time, Anita and her mother survived through their faith in Jesus Christ as
the country was headed to a catastrophic destruction. They encountered daily
miracles which encouraged them and helped them to escape death many times. Anita
shares how a personal faith in Jesus Christ made it possible for them to endure
such a horrible lifestyle that not even a prisoner in the United States has ever
As I read the book, I could not help but think about the time
in the future when the Antichrist is going to take control over this earth. What
will it be like to be rejected out of daily living and forbidden to receive
essential things needed to sustain life? This book will make you cry, angry, and
disgusted with the diabolical Nazi doctrine; and furthermore, you be thankful
that it was crushed and totally destroyed by 1945.
The lives of the Dittman's will teach you valuable lessons on
how to not only live and survive in a dictatorship but also be victorious as a
Christian at the same time. Their testimony will make you question your level of
faith and make you desire to be more like Jesus. I believe that every Christian
should read this book in order to be prepared for what is coming in the future.
In reading about the Dittmanís, you will be extremely thankful for what you have
in your life, and that we as Americans do not have anything to complain about,
rather, we should be thankful for the blessings which God has bestowed upon us.
There is another book that I would like to recommend to you
at this time entitled, Otto Pray, Otto Pray.
It complements Trapped in Hitlerís Hell, since it is the story of two young
German Christians, Otto and Ursula Reichert who were living in Germany as well.
Both of them were young teenagers who were forced into service by the Nazis.
Otto was drafted into the German Navy but ended up serving on the eastern front
fighting the Red Army as an infantry man. Ursula was pressed into office work in
the huge German Navy complex in Hamburg. Otto survived the Russian front, even
though he was captured twice by Red Army soldiers, and Ursula survived the
devastating bombing raids on Hamburg.
They met briefly early in the war and were married, only to
be separated during the horrible years in which the war lasted. Their narrative
will tell you what went on in the minds of young German Christians who hated
Hitler and his war but were trapped and could not get out. Trapped in Hitlerís
Hell will give you the perspective from German Christian Jews and Otto Pray,
Otto, Pray from viewpoint of German Christians. Both books agree on the
There can be no hate; we have to forgive our enemies.
God is in total control. Christians have the power to steer
away falling bombs and flying bullets.
Faith is the key. We need to keep our faith in a loving God
who sent His only begotten Son to die for all men that all men may have the
chance to be saved and spend eternity in heaven with God.
I had the privilege to travel to Oregon with my wife and meet
Otto and Ursula in person. We spent a couple of days in their lovely home and
heard them share their story. My recommendation is that you order both books,
and then plan on being occupied for a few days, since I know you will not be
able to put the books down until you have finished reading them.
John S. Torell