NEW YORK (AP) — Six national magazines are running a controversial ad about Holocaust survivors whose lives were transformed by Jesus. But major television and cable networks refused to air commercials on the same theme, according to the evangelical group sponsoring the campaign.
The ads were created to announce the free offer of a 60-minute documentary called "Survivor Stories" — life stories of seven Holocaust survivors who went on to become followers of Jesus. The sponsoring organization is Jews for Jesus, a group which aims to bring Jews to Christianity.
Network executives banned the promotion fearing the subject matter would spark protests by Jewish groups, according to David Brickner, executive director of Jews for Jesus.
Full-page ads offering "Survivor Stories" free to the public are being carried this week in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, New York Magazine and The New Yorker. The promotion began last week in Talk and People magazines, and Rolling Stone also planned to publish it.
Several publications approved the ads after the word "Holocaust" was removed.
The print ads feature a close-up of Marion Parkhurst, an elderly survivor who now lives in California. The caption reads: "Before you dismiss my belief, you should hear my story."
In one scene from the documentary, Parkhurst tells how she was visited at bedside by the infamous Nazi butcher Dr. Joseph Mengele after she delivered a baby in Bergen-Belsen.