Israel marks Holocaust remembrance day with somber ceremony

At the ceremony, scheduled to take place at the Chagall State Hall at 11 a.m., Rivlin, Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice‎ Elyakim Rubinstein‎, Chief Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will read out names of Jews who perished.

The Days of Remembrance will this year begin on April 23, the day after Israel marks its national Holocaust Remembrance Day, through April 29.

The central theme of this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day is: "Restoring Their Identities: The Fate of the Individual During the Holocaust" Yad Vashem has uploaded a new online exhibition titled "Lasts Letters from the Holocaust: 1942", presenting a small selection of the final messages written by Jews trapped in Nazi-occupied Europe in 1942 to their loved ones.

"We can not let that ever even be thought of", he added.

Israeli society, he observed, has two approaches to the Holocaust, also known as the Shoah "one that deals only with the universal aspects and lessons of the Shoah" and the other "where the Shoah becomes the lens through which we view the world". It distorts history. It denies the program of systematic extermination that was aimed specifically at the Jewish people. "We mourn, we remember, we pray, and we pledge: Never again". He said this lesson guides him "every morning and every evening".

Rivlin said the Jews, as people who suffered genocide, must not remain silent in the face of the atrocities that are happening in its northern neighbor. This is a sacred obligation that the Jewish people can not and does not wish to evade.

More than 213,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today, many of them below the poverty line, according to survivors' groups. At all times. In every situation. "I will speak this evening at Yad Vashem about the great significance of the transition from the Holocaust to revival, from the people that is a driven leaf, helpless, to a sovereign people with a defensive force that is among the strongest in the world".

"On this issue I know that corrections and improvements can be made", Netanyahu said, regarding support for Holocaust survivors.

"If the powers in 1942 had acted against the death camps - and all that was needed was repeated bombing of the camps - had they acted then, they could have saved 4 million Jews and millions of other people".

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