For centuries, Jewish sages have been uncovering hidden secrets in the Tanach. The following is an amazing discovery, reflecting events in the 20th century, which is found in Megillat Esther.

A Peculiar Request
If you read Megillat Esther carefully, you will notice that toward the end of the story (9:11-14), after Haman and his sons are killed, Queen Esther makes a seemingly odd request of the king:
Verse 11 – On that day the number of those who were killed in Shushan the citadel was brought to the king.
Verse 12 – And the king said to Queen Esther, “The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men in Shushan the citadel, and the ten sons of Haman. What have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces? Now what is your petition? It shall be granted to you. Or what is your further request? It shall be done.”
Verse 13 –  Then Esther said, “If it pleases the king, let it be granted to the Jews who are in Shushan to do again tomorrow according to today’s decree, and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows”
Verse 14 – So the king commanded this to be done; the decree was issued in Shushan, and they hanged Haman’s ten sons.
Esther’s request to have the ten sons of Haman hanged seems rather unusual. Once they had already been killed, why bother to hang them? What was the purpose of asking that the remains of ten executed villains be placed on the gallows?
A Request for the Future
Our sages comment on the word “tomorrow” (verse 13) in Esther’s request: “There is a tomorrow that is now, and a tomorrow which is later” (Tanhuma, Bo 13, cited by Rashi, Shemot 13:14). In other words, Esther was asking that the hanging of Haman’s ten sons not remain an isolated episode in history, but should recur in the future, as well. Yet, if this is the case, surely King Achashverosh was in no position to accede to such a request. Only Gd could make and keep such a promise.
An examination of the sources solves this problem, as well. According to the sages, every time King Ahashverosh is mentioned by name in Megillat Esther, the reference is to him, but when the word “Hamelech – the King” appears on its own, without Ahashverosh’s name, it refers to Gd.
Esther was therefore addressing her request not to Ahashverosh, but to Gd – who granted her request: “And the King commanded that this be done” (verse 14).
But if, indeed, the King of kings granted Esther’s request, then has it been fulfilled yet?  Have there been ten other “sons of Haman” who, like Haman and his sons, attempted to exterminate the Jewish people and were then hanged on the gallows?
Indeed, recent history verifies the fulfillment of this incredible prophecy!
World War II and
the 1946 Nuremberg Trials
Megillat Esther (3:1) introduces Haman as an “Agagite,” a descendant of Agag, who, as we know from the Book of Shemuel I (15:8), was the king of the nation of Amalek. Thus, Haman and his sons were Amalekites. The Vilna Gaon (1720-1797) held the tradition that the German nation was descended from Amalek.
During World War II, the Nazis in Germany tried to wipe the Jewish race from the face of the earth. After the extermination of six million Jews at the hands of the Germans during the war, the surviving Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremburg for this and other war crimes. These trials began on November 20, 1945.
On October 1, 1946, 12 of the 22 German defendants were sentenced to death by hanging for their role in the atrocities committed against the Jews and others. One of those convicted was Martin Bormann, who was sentenced in absentia. A second was Hermann Goerin, who committed suicide in his cell just hours before the executions by taking cyanide poison. The 1946 – the year that those ten Nazi criminals were executed.
Some may doubt if this was really a prophecy – however, let’s look at the facts:
On October 16, 1946 ten Nazi officers were executed as a result of the Nuremberg trials. Why only ten? Why not dozens more?
Why were they hanged, and not shot or electrocuted, as was the normal practice?
Why were they hanged on a wooden beam, and not on steel gallows?
Why were they hanged exactly on the date hinted in Megillat Esther?
The most conclusive proof, however, is an otherwise mysterious proclamation made by one of the condemned Nazis just before his execution.
“Purimfest 1946”
Julius Streicher, a Nazi since early in the movement’s history, and the editor and publisher of the anti-Semitic newspaper Das Strummer, was one of the ten hanged war criminals. Below is the extraordinary written account of his execution as reported by Kingsbury Smith of the International News Service, who was chosen by lot to represent the American press at the execution of the ten Nazis.
NurembergGaol, Germany 16 October 1946 International News Service
…Julius Streicher made his melodramatic appearance at 2:12 a.m.
While his manacles were being removed and his bare hands bound, this ugly, dwarfish little man, wearing a threadbare suit and a well-worn bluish shirt buttoned to the neck but without a tie (he was notorious during his days of power for his flashy dress), glanced at the three wooden scaffolds rising menacingly in front of him. Then he glanced around the room, his eyes resting momentarily upon the small group of witnesses. By this time, his hands were tied securely behind his back. Two guards, one on each arm, directed him to Number One gallows on the left of the entrance. He walked steadily the six feet to the first wooden step but his face was twitching. As the guards stopped him at the bottom of the steps for identification formality he uttered his piercing scream: “Heil Hitler!”
The shriek sent a shiver down my back.
As its echo died away an American colonel standing by the steps said sharply, “Ask the man his name.” In response to the interpreter’s query Streicher shouted, “You know my name well.”
The interpreter repeated his request and the condemned man yelled, “Julius Streicher.”
As he reached the platform Streicher cried out, “Now it goes to Gd.” He was pushed the last two steps to the mortal spot beneath the hangman’s rope. The rope was being held back against a wooden rail by the hangman.
Streicher was swung suddenly to face the witnesses and glared at them. Suddenly he screamed, “Purim Fest 1946!”
How did Julius Streicher know about Purim?
In May, 1924, Streicher wrote and published an article about Purim titled “Das Purimfest” (The Festival of Purim). In order to publish his vitriolic attack, Streicher must have had a good deal of knowledge about Jewish thought and practice. But we can only speculate to what extent he was aware of the remarkable parallels between Haman and his own execution, and we may safely assume that he had no knowledge about Esther’s prophecy. And if he had known about it, he certainly would not have reinforced it.
Our sages teach us that eventually the Jewish People will return to Gd. If we do not return voluntarily, then Gd will bring to power a cruel despot whose decrees will be “as severe as Haman’s” (Sanhedrin 97b), forcing us to repent.
When we look toward the place of our original encounter with Haman – Persia (which is today Iran) – and see the rise of a fanatic whose rhetoric rivals our most vicious enemies, we should remember that history most often repeats itself for those who fail to learn its lessons. It is far better for us to return to Gd on our own than to wait for yet another murderous anti-Semite to force us back.
The Nuremberg Trials
The Nuremberg Trials were a series of military tribunals, held by the main victorious Allied forces of World War II, most notable for the prosecution of prominent members of the political, military, and economic leadership of the defeated Nazi Germany. The initial trials were held from November 20, 1945 to October 01, 1946 in the city of Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany.
The death sentences were carried out 16 October 1946 by hanging. The French judges suggested the use of a firing squad for the military condemned, as is standard for military courts-martial, but this was opposed by Biddle and the Soviet judges. These argued that the military officers had violated their military ethos and were not worthy of the firing squad, which was considered to be more dignified.
Of the 12 defendants sentenced to death by hanging, two were not hanged: Hermann Göring committed suicide the night before the execution and Martin Bormann was not present when convicted (he had, unbeknownst to the Allies, committed suicide in Berlin in 1945). The remaining 10 defendants sentenced to death were hanged.
Property of ‘The Jewish World of Wonders’. Portions of article were edited from Rabbi Yaakov Asher Sinclair’s article titled, “Purim – History Repeats Itself,” published by Ohr Somayech. www.rabbisinclair.com.