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During World War II the Red Cross would provide blood for wounded soldiers. They had a practice of giving the name of the donor to the recipient so that the soldier could write and thank the donor if he should desire.

The Red Cross also had a policy that the blood that was given would be made available to anyone who would need it. That meant that even enemy soldiers could have the blood to save their lives.

Because the names of the donors were available, the medics developed a custom when the blood was needed to save the life of a Nazi officer. When a Nazi officer needed blood the medics would find a bottle of blood whose donor had a Jewish name. 

They would tell the Nazi that they had the blood that was needed to save his life. Then they would tell him that the blood was from a Jewish donor. Most of the Nazi officers would receive the blood but there were some who absolutely refused to receive it into their veins and died.

Thanks to John R. Steward for this story.

As I listen to people today talk about why they will or will not take the COVID-19 vaccine, I ponder why World War II, the deadliest of all wars in history, was really fought. Under our skin, are we not all really God’s children?    

Under what circumstances would YOU refuse someone else’s blood or a vaccine if your life truly depended on it?


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