January 27, 2011

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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People visit the Hall of Names at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on January 27, 2011.

International Holocaust Remembrance day marks the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz, on Jan. 27, 1945.

[Image credit: MSNBC Photoblog]

Google image didn't change, naturally. Also, UN is off the hook: 2011 Holocaust Remembrance Observance CANCELLED due to weather

PM Netanyahu asks: Have we learned its lesson?[Israelpolitik.org]

[Translated from Hebrew]

Have the lessons of the Holocaust been learned?

For us, the Jewish people, the answer is yes.
For the rest of the world, the answer is no, or at least not yet.

Today, 66 years after the horror, we are here, in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of our nation. We, the representatives of the Jewish nation, are holding a special ceremony to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The lesson that we have learned, first of all, is that we are here, in our sovereign country, in our capital city.

We have learned another important lesson, probably the most crucial lesson to be learned from the atrocity, from the chain of atrocities that brought about one much worse; this has continued for hundreds and thousands of years, since we lost our country and our sovereignty, and since we lost our capability to defend ourselves. The lesson learned was that we had to restore the capacity of the State and the army for self-defense.

This lesson was understood by Herzl even before the great atrocity took place. He foresaw it, and we implemented it.

But there is one other lesson. At the end of the Holocaust, there were 11 million Jews in the world. Before it, there were 18 million.[Read the rest of PM Netanyahu address..]

Never forget.

Yadvashem.org website.

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