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RedState's Water Cooler - September 11, 2018 - Open Thread - "Sacrifice Everything"

It was an odd week around the RedState Department of History’s World Headquarters. While trying not to get a buzz from the odor of burning Nike products, we were left to reflect on the meaning of sacrifice.

Not the Kaepernick kind, certainly, but rather real sacrifice. Sunday was a sad anniversary but one which bears remembrance.

Jacobus (Jaap) Musch was a Calvinist, who in 1942 formed the Naamloze Vennootschap (NV) resistance group in occupied Holland. The group’s purpose was to help Jewish children find hiding places and refuge from the occupying Nazis.

For over two years, Musch and his family hid Jewish children and somehow found ways to feed and clothe them. But on this date in 1944, Jaap Musch was captured by the Gestapo.

36 hours later, he was dead, after torture. In 1981, Israel’s official memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, named Musch as “Righteous Among the Nations” for his help to Jewish children.

Instead of a lot of links, I’m going to instead post his full citation from Yad Vashem. It tells a remarkable story, says everything in words far better than I could ever choose — and shows what can happen when people are willing to truly “sacrifice everything”.

Enjoy Sunday and today’s open thread!