"Where is merciful God, where is He?' someone behind me was asking."
Elie Wiesel heard these words as he and other Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz watched the SS hang two men and a boy. The grown men died quickly, but "the child, too light, was still breathing." The boy lingered, "writhing before our eyes," for more than a half hour.
"Behind me, I heard the same man asking: 'For God's sake, where is God?'
"And from within me, I heard a voice answer: "Where He is? This is where -- hanging here from this gallows ..."
In this story from his book Night, Wiesel offers a glimpse into the horrifying experiences he, his family and 6 million Jews endured under the Nazi regime (Night, Hill and Wang, 2012).
However, within these sad, sad words, there is also an affirmation of God's love. God so loved the world that God sent Jesus to be one of us in all things but sin. Even in Auschwitz, God was there, embracing the boy, one in his suffering, one in his sorrow, but never condoning the sins perpetrated against him.