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Kresta in the Afternoon – June 2, 2021 – Hour 2

We hear the story of Ernst Lohmeyer – who fought both the Nazis and the Soviets – and meet a woman who witnessed the Tiananmen Square Massacre.


The Scholar who gave his life fighting the Swastika and the Sickle

Ernst Lohmeyer was a German theologian who served active duty in both World War I and World War II and resisted the rise of Nazi fascism as a member of the Confessing Church. But just a few years later he found himself resisting Soviet occupation; he was soon imprisoned, where he spent the rest of his life. James Edwards shares the story of this man who spent his life between the Swastika and the Sickle.

James R. Edwards is the Bruner-Welch Professor Emeritus of Theology at Whitworth University. He lectures widely on theological subjects and is the author of several books, most recently “Between the Swastika and the Sickle: The Life, Disappearance, and Execution of Ernst Lohmeyer.”

Firsthand Account of Tiananment Square Massacre

Chai Ling was a key student leader in the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement. She is now the founder of All Girls Allowed, an organization dedicated to restoring life, value, and dignity to girls and mothers and revealing the injustice of China’s one-child policy. For her work she has been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize. She joins us to talk about that day more than 30 years later.

Chai Ling (Chinese: 柴玲; Pinyin: Chái Líng) (born April 15, 1966 in Rizhao, Shandong Province, People’s Republic of China) was one of the student leaders in the Tian’anmen Square protests of 1989. Today she is Founder of All Girls Allowed, an organization dedicated to ending China`s One-Child Policy, and the founder and President of Jenzabar, an enterprise resource planning software firm for educational institutions.

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