What closes with Yad Vashem? A little respect for the survivors
Our hearts are lost but there is no room, which is what Yad Vashem told a Holocaust survivor who survived the inferno and asked to join the ceremony. After our Akunis and Zalanski of Ukraine came out princes, this is Yad Vashem's response to Walla! Judaism
What happens with the Holocaust memorial service? It started with good intent, 75 years after the end of the horrific war in our nation's history, important leaders from around the world gathered to remember the Holocaust and fight anti-Semitism, but shockingly over the past few days have revealed that behind the ceremony are a series of Holocaust survivors who have gone through the torment of inferno Most they could - but they were not invited to the memorial service.More in Walla! NEWS More in Walla! NEWS
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There is no room
Social networks have been agitated by stories published about Holocaust survivors who turned to Yad Vashem to accept a ceremony invitation and answered in the negative. The picture of Zvi Eichold, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor with a number on his hand, was attached to a post written by his daughter-in-law, who said he wanted to attend the ceremony and answered: "Our hearts are missing but there is no room."
Public criticism also reached the invitees themselves, until Knesset members and invitees enlisted to assist Holocaust survivors. Minister Ophir Akunis gave up his place in the ceremony and cleared him for one of the survivors. When the Ukrainian delegation heard that there were no places for Holocaust survivors, the Jewish President of Ukraine, Zlanski, also gave up his place, and instead of performing at the ceremony he went to pray at the Western Wall.
A gathering of leaders
Yad Vashem did not like Zalansky's concession and in response said: "This morning, the President of Ukraine announced his withdrawal on the grounds that he was transferring his place to Holocaust survivors. The President was informed that survivors who had applied in recent days were complied with and that he could not be harassed under the present conditions. And it is a pity that he took such a step in an event titled "Remembering the Holocaust Fighting Anti-Semitism." After criticizing the response, Yad Vashem made it clear that "the statement is not intended for gesture, but for the fact that it cynically uses Holocaust survivors to explain its non-arrival" Derived from entirely different matters). Holocaust survivors and older people in general are not objects that move from place to place. They have desires and comfort, and just as we received inquiries from people who wanted their family members invited, called them and then found that they were really not interested, even in this case he was explained that survivors' inquiries were answered. "
"In essence, the World Holocaust Forum is a gathering of leaders, but even before the first leader was invited - Yad Vashem has occupied dozens of places for Holocaust survivors and their escorts," Yad Vashem tried to clarify the complaints behind the non-invitation of Holocaust survivors in advance of the ceremony. The number of seats in the hall is very limited and stands at only 780, about half of which are designated for leaders and delegations. Today, around 190,000 Holocaust survivors are living in Israel, and the invitation of survivors to the event was done by the Holocaust survivors' organization in Israel.
"We will note," they added, "that after sending invitations to the event, there were quite a few survivors who asked to cancel their participation due to understanding the effort required for such an extended event. It should also be noted that other places vacated and redirected in favor of inviting Holocaust survivors following such and other gratefulness About the invitation but by refusal, which is understandable. "