Yesterday I discovered that Dr. Vera Schlamm passed away a few weeks ago. I once had the privilege of taking Dr. Schlamm out to dinner and that is an evening that I will never forget.
Dr. Schlamm was a pediatrician, a force of quiet but indomitable nature, and a Holocaust survivor. Dr. Schlamm recounts her journey from Bergen-Belsen to Jewish believer in Jesus much better than I could in her autobiography Pursued. I would encourage everyone to read it because it tells of a truly remarkable individual who was confronted with death but discovered the true life that is possible in Messiah Jesus.
Two things linger with me from the night we had dinner in California. First, she held no malice in her heart, due to her relationships with Messiah Jesus, for her Nazi captors. Second, she had to go to California to hear about Jesus after encountering anti-Semitism in Texas. Or as someone once put it, she had to leave the Bible Belt to find the Gospel.
Vera Schlamm is now in heaven rejoicing with her Messiah. I envy her and appreciate her for what she has taught me about forgiveness, love, and joy. Watch the brief video below to hear the power testimony of Dr. Vera Schlamm: