Christians atone in Jerusalem

Christians from many parts of Germany and 22 other countries, including some from the Bamberg region took part in an atonement conference in Israel from 17 to 22 April, organised by Fürst Castell-Castell from Burghaslach, among others. The high point was the atonement service at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel in Jerusalem, where 1000 people, including some Jews, took part. A Christian confession extending to 256 pages was read out, a pretty comprehensive account of all the terrible things Christians did to Jews. At the beginning of each section, those present spoke the words: "We lament ..." and at the end of each section "Lord have mercy on us and forgive us our guilt for what we have inflicted on your elected people Israel".

The proceedings were extensively reported in the Fränkischer Tag of 18 May under the heading "Christians and Jews moved to Tears".

As part of the conference, political and church representatives from 70 places in Germany where Jewish communities once existed, together with the other German participants, visited the Valley of the destroyed Communities. In the presence of the Mayor of Jerusalem, Fürst Castell read a declaration Plaintive music heightened the sense of mourning of the occasion.



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