Imagine being handed over to a murderer for the sole purpose of being his guinea pig. This murderer happens to be a doctor, but unlike the oath to “do no harm” this man does exactly that. He causes harm intentionally and without care for human life.
That is exactly what happened to Eva and Miriam Mozes during World War 2. This past week I had the opportunity of watching Eva recount her experience during World War 2 as well as life afterward. Her story is heartbreaking and maddening all at once. As one who can not stand injustice in any form, I watched her story unfold with horror and anger.
Eva and her sister, Miriam, were twins. They were victims of Dr. Mengele’s medical experiments. In the video, she tells of being injected with a mysterious substance, suffering as a result to the point of not being expected to live. She shares a powerful, moving, heartbreaking, and seemingly hopeless story.
The part that moved me the most was when she shared about her struggle to forgive Dr. Mengele. She had been wronged in the cruelest of ways. She and her sister had been the only survivors of their family. Can you imagine? Her family of six becoming a family of two in the matter of a few moments. She shares an incredible journey of forgiveness and I highly recommend giving the video a watch.
After watching Eva’s story, I can not help but think that unexpected forgiveness is kindness. Forgiveness gave her power over her enemy. Forgiveness freed her from her enemy’s wrongdoing. The kindness shown through forgiveness is baffling. We all would understand if she had held onto hatred, bitterness, and unforgiveness towards this doctor. We might even applaud her or join her in her hatred. Forgiveness is something that we can hardly wrap our minds around.
“Really?” We might ask, “You think that man deserves forgiveness for what he did?"
Dr. Mengele probably would never have expected to be forgiven. Prior to his death, did he ever come to believe that he had wronged these people? Did he ever come to care about the crime he had committed against so many innocent victims? Would he care if any of his victims had extended forgiveness towards him?
Forgiveness is kindness. It is unexpected. Forgiveness expects nothing in return. Forgiveness brings freedom to all who choose it and all those who accept it.
Will you choose to baffle the world around you with unexpected forgiveness?