ICEJ marks Holocaust Memorial Day in Haifa

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28 Feb 2013
ICEJ marks Holocaust Memorial Day in Haifa

As the world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the 27th of January, an ICEJ delegation joined about 150 Holocaust survivors, 50 Israeli Air Force and police recruits, and a number of honoured guests for a special ceremony in Haifa. The event took place at the ICEJ’s Home for Holocaust Survivors, and included the lighting of a flame in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide. It was evident that each resident of the Haifa Home feels personal pain on these memorial days because they all lost family members in the Shoah.

Israel’s (Ashkenazi) Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, Kadima party chairman Shaul Mofaz, Haifa Home director Shimon Sabag, and ICEJ-Germany national director Gottfried Bühler delivered greetings at the gathering.

“We will do everything we can to encourage especially the younger generation to remember the past and the Holocaust and to stand with Israel and the Jewish people”, Bühler assured the audience.

The Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat arrived one day earlier, so the ceremonies also included the traditional planting of trees, with Holocaust survivors and air force and police recruits joining to plant saplings at the Holocaust memorial erected beside the Haifa Home.

“I liked it very much but I was also sad. In my heart I was back in the woods of my childhood, which I will never forget”, said Esti, one of the resident Holocaust survivors.

“We had to fight for survival in the woods of Poland after German soldiers killed my mother and youngest sister when I was only five years old”, she added. “But now I see our soldiers planting trees and Germans smiling at me. That comforts my heart.”


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