One day in 1991 I was watching one of the countless documentaries upon WWII. I saw an image of Auschwitz which chilled me; actually one I had seen many times before but you know when you see it as it was in history. There were rows and rows of symmetrical bunks for thousands of unfortunate Poles, Russians, Jews, Gypsies and other prisoners who opposed in one way or another the Nazi evil that resided in the hearts of normal men who accomplished unspeakable acts. This was the beginning of a short story that later led to a 120 page novel that it is today.
God always has a purpose for Why He places creation in one’s heart. I saw the powerful images in the Holocaust Museum in DC. I made my family wait more than an hour longer than they worked through the exhibits while I smelled an actual train that souls died within Germany meant for cattle. The film at the top and the beginning of the exhibits indicated that Germans believed that the Jews had killed Jesus and therefore all Christians believe that Jews are responsible for this death. This is a short sided view that only some have adopted for sure, but real Christians embrace the Jewish heritage of God’s people listed in the Bible. They didn’t kill Jesus, all did throughout time if you begin to understand Scripture. I chose to show a story of a Christian family that worked to save one Jewish family and lost the fight. It is backed up with real history of true heroes to Jewish families that are alive today for a few brave individuals who risked all to save a life.
The longer an event recedes from the mind of the viewer, the other storytellers want to rush in with their own stories. This occurs with Christian issues, histories and interpersonal relationships. Truth is not in the eye of the beholder necessarily; perspective plays a heavy role in truth retellings.
There are elements in all societies that wish to change the past so that one does not look so bad. This is the major reason for revision of history. One of the interesting characteristics of the Bible is that the characters within them are filled with their own petty lusts, greeds and other variety of failings common to man. Some will intimate that the victors write the histories, and while that is true to some extent; all histories must be examined without bias. Bias is a very hard discussion for all. I have them and so do you. Honesty in one’s bias is the beginning of the truth in a retelling though. I pray that with this book “The Violin’s Secret” one truth of the facts of the Holocaust and WWII will be forever burned into the reader’s memory.