Purim 1946 – ten Nazi “sons of Haman” hanged (PS added)

The Jewish festival of Purim memorialises the events recorded in the Old Testament book of Esther.

Queen Esther delivered her people the Jews from the murderous hatred of a wicked character called Haman who was bent on their destruction.

King Ahasuerus, Esther’s husband granted her request that Haman and his sons (and others) be killed. She lived to see the truth of Psalm 92 verse 11,

“Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me.”

After the hanging of the ten sons of Haman, Esther made a strange request of the King. She requested that the ten sons of Haman be hanged! But wait a minute, weren’t they already dead? Yes!

So what could Esther have meant?

It appears that Esther’s request was actually made to the King of all the earth (God) and that she had in mind the execution of future “sons of Haman” should they arise against the Jews “tomorrow.”

There is a “tomorrow” that is now and a “tomorrow” that is later i.e future.

Did future “sons of Haman” arise to persecute and destroy the Jews? We all know the answer.  Hitler and the Nazi Party. Hitler banned the observance of Purim and owning a copy of the book of Esther was declared to be a capital offence.

One Nazi who understood himself to be a “son of Haman” was Julius Streicher, one of the Nazi war criminals who was tried at Nuremburg and one of eleven who were sentenced to death.

One of the eleven, Hermann Goering committed suicide shortly before he was due to hang.
Just before he hanged, Julius Streicher shouted “Purim 1946” an obvious reference to the book of Esther.

Vengeance belongs to God and He will repay and those Nazis reaped that which they had sown.

The executions were carried out on October 16th, Hoshana Rabba, the traditional day all of Elohim’s (God) verdicts are sealed.

On October 16th, 1946, God’s verdicts on those ten Nazi “sons of Haman” were well and truly sealed and the verdict was death.

In conclusion, when we ponder the parallels between the hanging of the sons of Haman in Esther’s day and the hanging of the ten Nazis in 1946, two words come to mind.

Fulfilled prophecy!

PS   Verse 12 of Esther chapter 9 does not specify that the ten sons of Haman were hanged, it states that they were destroyed. They may have been hanged or put to the sword. Because we cannot be sure of the manner of their death, it was too dogmatic to assume they were hanged. There is no doubt however, that the future “sons of Haman” (Nazis) were hanged at Nuremburg.

14 thoughts on “Purim 1946 – ten Nazi “sons of Haman” hanged (PS added)

  1. “After the hanging of the ten sons of Haman, Esther made a strange request of the King. She requested that the ten sons of Haman be hanged!”

    Please could you quote chapter and verse for this?

      • So, in verse 13, Esther is asking for the corpse of the ten sons of Haman, already killed, to be hanged? And the ten executions in 1946 remind us of this? Is that you point? If so, it is indeed encouraging and thought-provoking.

        • Mr.Allman, you need to re-read our post because you have not understood it. We made it clear that Esther was not asking for the hanging of Haman’s sons who had already been hanged. She was requesting of God that should any future persecutors and slayers of the Jews i.e future “sons of Haman” arise, they would likewise be hanged. We cannot understand your failure to understand our point.

          • 12 And the king said unto Esther the queen, The Jews have slain and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the palace, and the ten sons of Haman; what have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? now what is thy petition? and it shall be granted thee: or what is thy request further? and it shall be done. 13 Then said Esther, If it please the king, let it be granted to the Jews which are in Shushan to do to morrow also according unto this day’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged upon the gallows.

            I read this as a request for the dead bodies of Haman’s ten sons to be hanged. Postumous hangings and impalements, to send a message, have happened in history. However, I did appreciate your post. Verse 12 does not say that Haman’s sons had already died by hanging though.

          • The verse does not specify that Haman’s sons ere hanged. They may have been hanged or killed by the sword. The point of our post was that a future “son of Haman” (a Nazi) saw parallels between the execution of him and his nine co-accused and the request made by Esther that any future “sons of Haman” would be hanged.

          • I certainly agree that there are parellels. It is striking the extent to which predictions in the bible seem to be fulfilled only partially, repeatedly throughout history. For example, there were parallels between the Roman church’s papacy and the “man of sin” of 2 Thess 2, out of which some of the reformers made a doctrine in their day that is still found in confessions. In our own time, one of the worst pollution events in history was Cernobyl, which means “wormwood”, the name of a falling star in Revelation that causes massive ecological damage (far worse than that which our own Wormwood caused, in our generation.) And so on.

          • Thank you for your comments and encouraging interest in our post Mr.Allman. We will add a PS to our post to make it clear that verse 12 does not specify how the sons of Haman were killed. It simply states that they were killed. We cannot say with certainty that the sons of Haman were hanged, therefore a PS is necessary.

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