I Am Exactly Like Him

Yehiel Dinur was a Nazi concentration camp survivor.  Adolf Eichmann was the man who sent Dinur to Auschwitz.  Dinur was called to witness against Eichmann at the Nuremburg trials.  When he entered the courtroom and saw Eichmann’s face this is what happened:

Dinur began to sob uncontrollably, then fainted, collapsing in a heap on the floor as the presiding judicial officer pounded his gavel for order in the crowded courtroom.

Was Dinur overcome by hatred?  Fear?  Horrid memories?

No; it was none of these.  Rather, as Dinur explained…, all at once he realized Eichmann was not the godlike army officer who had sent so many to their deaths.  This Eichmann was an ordinary man.  ‘I was afraid about myself,’ said Dinur.  ‘…I saw that I am capable to do this.  I am… exactly like him.’

Charles Colson, Who Speaks for God? (Crossway, 1985), 137.


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