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What the US Military Remembers

What the US Military Remembers

Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Melanie Rodgers Cox

This is a menorah of remembrance which will be lit inside the Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base chapel in Alaska during Holocaust Remembrance Day.

According to the Pentagon website, Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the Jews who perished in internment camps under the hand of Nazi Germany.

Internment camps? Really? Makes you think they died from the harsh conditions, like, say, the Japanese Americans interned during the same period, or maybe the Native Americans on the Trail of Tears.

For the record, those Jews “perished” because the folks running the same Air Force wouldn’t bomb the railroad tracks that so industriously shipped thousands of Jews to their “internment” in the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp system.

One well aimed bomb would have saved, or at least prolonged the lives of so many.

I don’t think the U.S. Air Force is entitled to a menorah of remembrance.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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2 Responses to “What the US Military Remembers”

  1. Les Le Gear says:

    The base is in Alabama, not Alaska.

  2. Dianne Wall says:

    You have every right to feel the way you do. Please know that there are a lot of Christian conservatives who are committed to supporting the Jewish people/Israelis. I hope one day you will find it in your heart to forgive my nation for the lack of wisdom and moral clarity during such an atrocious and wicked act as the Holocaust.

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