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Thursday, January 22, 2004

Chief Rabbis' Meeting with Pope


Pope John Paul II receives a gift from the Grand Rabbi of the Ashkenazis,
Yona Metzger, and his Sephardic counterpart, Shlomo Amar during a
meeting in his private library at the Vatican January 16, 2004.
REUTERS/Pool
"immediate and wondrous results"
Arutz Sheva - Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger:"I can tell you something that the rabbi of Warsaw told me just this week - something very wondrous that resulted from this meeting. He said that after we met, he received dozens of calls from Poles who wished to confess their role in killing Jews during the Holocaust. The rabbi rebuffed them, though, saying he wasn't a priest for confession.

But one man insisted and said he couldn't sleep at night, and told him that that at age 11, his uncle came from the front wearing an army uniform and wanted to show him how to shoot. So just for fun, he [the uncle] took 50 Jews and shot them on the spot. He, the 11-year-old, threw the bodies into some kind of hollow in the ground and covered them.

For 62 years, he told no one, figuring that the Jews are not important. But when he saw on television how the Pope received the Chief Rabbis with such honor, calling them 'my older brothers' in front of the whole world, he said he realized that he did a great sin, and he therefore called the rabbi and said he wants to show him the 'burial' spot, and that he wants to atone by helping bring them to proper Jewish burial.

This is something that came directly out of our meeting."