Searching for Truth in A Terrible Time : Reflections from the Life of Elder F. Enzio Busche
This is an excerpt from Elder Busche's book 'Yearning for the Living God.' In this excerpt he talks about Germany under the Nazi regime. He relates how the Germans were told that they were building a better society, a people that would be trustworthy, chaste, and respectful. The German people felt that other nations misunderstood them, and that the war would end when their enemies realized they were trying to build, as they were told, a moral society. When the German people learned of the concentration camps, and realized that their country had been the aggressor they felt betrayed. 'The best of [their] feelings and desires had been trampled on and misused... Germany became a symbol of cruelty and barbarism.' Busche feels that one of the great tragedies of this betrayal and shame is that Germans 'have lost the capability to believe in anything that reaches higher.' Traditional values were associated with the Nazi regime and were abandoned as a result. Busche concludes that 'it is only the gospel of Jesus Christ and the righteousness of the members of the Lord's restored church that can fill the vacuum that Hitler left behind in Germany.'