“Each year, we return to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum – to the place where in addition to the national significance of this occasion, each of us explores his or her personal connection to the Holocaust. Here, in the Family Square, between the Yad Vashem archive and the International Institute for Holocaust Research, between the past of our people and the future of our children; here we stand united, the IDF General Staff, its commanders and soldiers, and promise to be strong as an army, a country, and a people, so that the Holocaust will not repeat itself.”
Thus said the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, at the Yad Vashem Museum during a special day of study in commemoration for the National Holocaust Memorial Day yesterday.
(As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter. Learn more at the Yad Vashem homepage.)
In addition to the various ceremonies, the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, along with other high-ranking army officials, visited Holocaust survivors in their homes and heard their personal stories. Lt. Gen. Gantz visited Justice David Frankel and Mr. Tommy Yehuda Bok, two survivors and Honorary Residents of Jerusalem, and granted them two certificates of appreciation for their lifetime achievements.
Read more about Lt. Gen. Gantz’s visit to the Holocaust survivors.