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Posted on 04/07/2013 12:03:43 PM PDT by IsraelBeach
Israel Remembers The Holocaust
By Joel Leyden
Israel News Agency
Jerusalem, Israel --- April 7, 2013 Part of the following was communicated by the Israel Prime Minister's Office to the Israel News Agency.
The official Opening Ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day in Israel will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 20:00, in Warsaw Ghetto Square, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Mount of Remembrance, Jerusalem.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this morning (Sunday, 7 April 2013), made the following remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting:
"We have a deep obligation to the elderly in general and to Holocaust survivors in particular, first of all to their welfare and also to their security. Today, the Israeli Cabinet will approve a proposal formulated by myself and Israel Finance Minister Yair Lapid on the addition of NIS 50 million to the social welfare fund for the elderly and for Holocaust survivors, and I asked that an additional NIS 15 million be allocated for medicines, to make things easier for them. These people survived the horrors of the Holocaust. They participated in Israel's wars. These Holocaust survivors built the State of Israel; they are witnesses to our revival. Our obligation to them is that we will do all that is necessary. Israel is giving today and we will add whatever is necessary."
Israels President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are speaking.
"The Holocaust will not sink into the dark hole of history. It is here with us, burning, real," said Israel President Shimon Peres.
"It resonates as we step on the stones of the ghettos. It floats like a ghost in the barracks of the camps. It cries from the prayer shawls, the hair, the shoes that we see with our own eyes. It whispers from the tears that dried before we said goodbye. It is reflected in the photographs of the babies in their mothers' arms. The noise of those murderous trains which have ceased still rings in our ears. The smoke which has not faded as it drifted into the sky above. Survivors walk among us, the Holocaust and its horrors are with them every day. Their blood flows through our veins."
Peres adds: "The world must ask itself how a regime such as that in Iran can deny the Holocaust and threaten a new Holocaust so soon after six million people lost their lives. The threat of a Holocaust against one people is a threat of a Holocaust on all people."
A group of Jewish children just minutes before they were executed
by a Nazi Einsatzkommando (Mobile Killing Unit).
Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, will kindle the Memorial Torch. Aliza Vitis-Shomron will speak on behalf of the survivors. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird will attend the event.
During the ceremony, Holocaust survivors will light six torches.
First torch: the late Peretz Hochman (who passed away a few days ago; his widow Sima will light the torch), second torch: Otto Dov Pressburger, third torch: Dina Ostrover, fourth torch: Eliezer Eizenschmidt, fifth torch: Miriam Liptcher,sixth torch: Baruch Kopold. During the ceremony, short videos about each of the torchlighters will be shown (produced and directed by Levi Zini).
The traditional memorial service will take place during the ceremony. The Rishon LeZion Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Shlomo Amar will recite Psalms. The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Yona Metzger will recite Kaddish. El Maleh Rahamim, a Jewish prayer for the souls of the martyrs, will be recited by Cantor Azi Schwartz.
Participants in the ceremony include singer David D'Or and the Youth Movement Choir as well as the IDF Paratroopers Honor Guard. Narrative piece: actor Ishai Golan. The evenings MC will be Oshrat Kotler.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television on Israel TV Channels 1, 2, 10 and 33, and channel 9 in Russian, and for the first time on JLTV in the United States, and by radio on Kol Israel and Galei Zahal (Army Radio). It will last about one hour and a quarter.
At 22:00 a special radio program entitled Shoah, Heroism and Definitions that will explore the essence of heroism during the Holocaust, will air on Galei Zahal. The program will be presented by Ehud Graff and is a joint program of Yad Vashem and Galei Zahal (Army Radio).
Yad Vashem will be closed to the public as of 12 noon on April 7. It will re-open on Monday, April 8, at 8:00 a.m.
Yad Vashem calls on the public to fill in Pages of Testimony to commemorate the names of Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
Volunteers are available to help Holocaust survivors fill out Pages of Testimony (in Israel please call: 02 6443111). At the same time, Yad Vashem is continuing the Gathering the Fragments campaign in an effort to rescue Holocaust-related documents, artifacts, photographs and art.
To donate material to Yad Vashem, call (in Israel) 1-800-25-7777. The oral history department continues to film survivor testimonies. Yad Vashem personnel travel to interview and film survivors in their own homes; the testimonies are housed in the Yad Vashem Archives.
To coordinate (in Israel): firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems only Israel remembers. The rest of the world either says it never happened or, hey, get over it.
If Obama and his Moslem pals get their way, the Israelis can look forward to yet another holocaust in the very near future.
Photo of group of ~17 children ... really, just minutes before they were killed by the German/ Nazi Mobile Killing Unit? (And what a name, Mobile Killing Unit.)
They were not school children, they were pre-schoolers, just little ones.
Why was there not more armed or violent resistance to such heinous acts? Even if, unfortunately, firearms had been confiscated, why — how? — did those who killed these children live to see another day?
I can now better understand how the Holocaust came to be — we’re seeing it unfold before our eyes with the successful demonization of conservatives, the successful, et al. I would like to better understand why, how it was, that there was not more widespread effective resistance to the Nazi death machine at all levels, wanting to know what there is to learn from that situation to apply to what we may (God forbid!) see unfold here. I’m aware of resistance efforts, have always appreciated those efforts.
Actually the Einsatzkommando’s mission was more extensive than just Jews — their mission was to kill Jews, Polish intellectuals, Romani, communists and the NKVD collaborators
Yeah, got that. It’s that they killed those preschoolers — and others! — & were allowed to get away with it. :( I’m pondering how such thugs might apply to today’s reality.
As an aside, gotta love the German language, fitting all those words into one (remembering also Samuel Clemon’s observations: http://joaopena.com/Files/twain.html ).
Oh, the Mongols, the Turks did worse. What was really appalling was that a civilized nation like the Germans could be reduced to such barbarity and that they did it with such cold logic.
Makes one think that anyone could do it..
Germans were logically persuaded they needed lebensraum occupied by untermenschen. An they did cleaning job in efficient way as germans can. It is not big deal to persuade people in anything. Those who ordered invention and production of WMD and sophisticated weaponry did persuade scientists and workers it was their noble mission to do so.
Genocide has always been with us, the Germans just
industrialized it. One can only be thankful they
didn’t have computers.
well, it is a big deal if we can persuade them to slaughter whole peoples (Jews, Slavs, Gypsies). It makes us worse than animals...
To whip up hatred against an "other" who looks, acts and talks the same as you or me speaks poorly for the human race.
“Yeah, got that. Its that they killed those preschoolers and others! & were allowed to get away with it.”
Well some guy in Philly put mothers into labor at very late dates -— after viabilty, a child would be born, cry, and he’d put a knife in the back of their kneck to kill them.
Happens all over the country. Only got busted because some of the “mothers” died.
All paid for with your tax dollars.
How did that happen? Same way, I suspect.
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