Monday, March 6 | 10:00am-11:00am
The Nazi soldiers made their orders very clear: only Jewish American prisoners of war were to fall out the next morning and be separated from their fellow brothers in arms being sent to an uncertain fate. But Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds would have none of that. As the highest-ranking non-commissioned officer held in the German POW camp, he ordered more than 1,200 American captives to fall out with him and fearlessly pronounced: “We are all Jews here.” He would not waver, even with a pistol to his head, and his captors eventually backed down. Seventy-one years later, the Knoxville, Tennessee, native was posthumously recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, Israel’s highest honor for non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the holocaust
Please join us on Monday, March 6 at 10:00am to hear Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of WWII hero Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds whose fearless valor saved the lives of more than 200 Jewish American soldiers in a prisoner of war camp in Germany in January 1945. Pastor Edmonds serves as Senior Pastor of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Maryville, Tennessee. He is also founder of Roddie’s Code, LLC, and The Roddie Edmonds Foundation; organizations committed to extend the legacy and leadership of Sergeant Edmonds to future generations. He lives in Maryville Tennessee with Regina, his bride and high school sweetheart, near his three daughters and seven of the coolest grandchildren on the planet.
For more information, or to RSVP, please contact the Beth Chaim office. This program is open to the community; please bring your friends.