måndag, april 19, 2010

"Glöm oss inte. Berätta vår historia...."

Premiärminister Netanyahus tal vid Förintelsens
Martyrers och Hjältars Minnesdag 2010:
Tonight, the eve of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes'
Remembrance Day, we remember our brothers and
sisters who were murdered in the death camps, in
the forests and in the killing fields. We listen to the
voices of the survivors who serve as the voice of the
millions who died.
Before their deaths, many of the murdered begged,
"Do not forget us. Tell our story - tell the
world, tell the coming generations - how
great our suffering was, how terrible the
horror was, how great our sacrifice was."
We are deeply indebted to the survivors for their
courage to return to life, to establish families, to
contribute to building the country, and for their
courage to speak out and tell their stories.
It is only during the past several years that we
have been doing more to help and make things
easier for the survivors in their twilight years,
and we will continue to do so.
Distinguished guests, several months ago, I headed
the Israeli delegation to the ceremony marking 65
years since the liberation of the death camps
Auschwitz and Birkenau. The candle-lighting
ceremony took place outside in front of the
monument. It was 15 degrees celsius below zero,
but it was still warmer than the terrible winter
of 1944-1945 when temperatures ranged from
30 to 35 degrees below zero. We stood for about
30 minutes during the ceremony, well-dressed
for the weather. Nevertheless, we were freezing.
Suddenly I understood a simple, chilling truth about
millions of my brothers and sisters who ended up in
that cursed place: those who didn't burn, froze;
and those who didn't freeze, burned.
Several months earlier, I visited the Wannsee Villa
in Berlin. There, I saw the original invitation for the
meeting of high-level Nazi officials, in which they
decided to wipe out the Jewish people.
On the invitation that was sent by the Deputy Head
of the SS was written:
"The chief of the Reich main security office, Reinhard
Heydrich, cordially invites you to a discussion about
the Final Solution to the Jewish problem. Breakfast
will be served at 09:00."
This is how, in an elegant villa on the shore of a pastoral
lake, over breakfast and glasses of cognac, 15 men sat
and decided how to destroy our people.
No one batted an eyelid; no one expressed any doubt
regarding the mission, either its necessity or its justness.
Immediately after the meal, they began their work
to erase the seed of Abraham from the Earth.
as I was walking through the villa, moving from
document to document, I was filled with a helpless
rage, and the feeling continued to grow until it
became a flood.
At the end of the tour, my German host asked me
to write something in the guest book. I sat in the
chair and the sadness and the anger rose up and
started to overflow. And because of the storm of
emotions, I wrote only three words:
Am Israel Chai [the People of Israel live].
Tonight at Mount Herzl, I say those words again:
Am Israel Chai. And the people of Israel will continue
to live.
It re-established its country, gathered its exiles,
built its army, settled its homeland and reunited
its capital, Jerusalem.

"The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the
Jewish people."
That is how David Ben-Gurion opened the Declaration
of Independence. The State of Israel was born out of
the ruins and the ashes, and today it impresses the
entire world with the force of its creativity and
innovation, with its advanced research and knowledge,
with the momentum of its economy and with its free
and democratic society.
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