Someone died this week, August 10, 2013, who should have died much sooner. Laszlo Csatary was 98 when he passed away in Poland, waiting for a trial that never came.
Csatary had lived in the West since WWII…even ran an art gallery in Canada, where he had become a citizen until Canada got wind of his connections to the Holocaust. Interesting that he fled back to Poland where his war crimes had been committed. Later he was arrested in Hungary. There were many ghosts to meet him there…some still living after torturous conditions in the camps.
According to an AP writing,Holocaust survivor Edita Salamonova, whose family was killed in the Auschwitz death camp after their deportation from Kosice, said she remembered Csatary well. “I can see him in front of me,” Salamonova said. “A tall, handsome man but with a heart of stone.”Salamonova remembered Csatary’s presence at the brick factory… and would make sure to keep out of his sight when he was around.”
“Hungarian authorities said Csatary was the chief of an internment camp set up in a brick factory for around 12,000 Jews in Kosice — a Slovak city then part of Hungary — in 1944, beating them with his bare hands and a dog whip regularly and without reason. He had also been charged with “actively participating” in the deportation of thousands of Jews to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps….On June 2, 1944, Csatary rejected a request by one of the deportees to allow a ventilation hole to be cut into the wall of a railroad car on its way to a death camp and crammed with around 80 people.”
We would like to know that all war criminals had their lives cut short by a swift justice that was handed down to them by high courts. That is, unfortunately, not the case. We are told by Efraim Zuroff, one of the last Nazi hunters and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Jerusalem Office, that they were “deeply disappointed” in Csatary’s death ahead of his possible trial in Hungary…“It is a shame that Csatary, a convicted … and totally unrepentant Holocaust perpetrator who was finally indicted in his homeland for his crimes, ultimately eluded justice and punishment at the very last-minute,” Zuroff said in a statement.
We would question whether Csatary truly eluded justice and punishment …..for his day is coming. No earthly court sentenced him to a shorter life when it should have, but his secret hours and sleep may have been one of nightmares and torment…for the “wicked have no rest”. The Great Court and Judgment Day is Coming from which he and no other person will escape. Many people do not want to consider this part of the Word of God because it is not comfortable to consider. Nevertheless, if we are to believe even one word of the the Scriptures as truth, we cannot dismiss this part. The other side of the grave will have much more than we can imagine.
The New and Old Testament Holy Scriptures tell us the following…let those who have ears to hear…hear….
Revelation 20:11-15 “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.”
Ezekiel38:17-23 “Thus says the Lord God: Are you he of whom I spoke in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel, who in those days prophesied for years that I would bring you against them? But on that day, the day that Gog (may refer to most of the middle eastern countries surrounding Israel) shall come against the land of Israel, declares the Lord God, my wrath will be roused in my anger. For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground. I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Lord God. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many people who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur. So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the Lord.”
We serve a just God…a merciful God to those who repent….a kind and generous God…whose patience will not endure forever.