Israelis visit Yad Vashem ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 16.
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An IDF soldier at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem.
Tuesday, January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
On January 27, 1945 the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Soviet forces.
Prof. Jan Grabowski of the University of Ottawa in Canada was awarded the 2014 Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research for his book memory of Holocaust survivor Abraham Meir Schwarzbaum and his family members who were murdered in the Holocaust.
His book “Hunt for the Jews: Betrayal and Murder in German-Occupied Poland” was published by the Indiana University Press and documents the involvement of the local Polish citizens in locating and killing Jews in their midst during the Holocaust. The book draws on materials from Polish, Jewish and German sources and focuses on accounts of the fates of individual Jews.
“When it was first published in Polish in 2011, Grabowski’s book was followed by a vigorous discussion in the mainstream Polish media, showing that his writing can effectively break through a purely academic canon and affect widespread social perceptions of this crucial chapter of Polish and Jewish history,” the judges wrote in their remarks.
“The craftsmanship of Grabowski’s study is exemplary and shows that a careful reading of archival material allows for the detailed reconstruction of personal life (and death) stories of Jews in hiding,” the judges wrote. “The committee found Jan Grabowski’s study groundbreaking and exemplary in its approach and methodology, in its analytical quality and in its contribution to the better understanding of the multi-facetedness of the Shoah.”
“If Israel had a ‘cover’ title based on what the media portrays, it would be ‘danger,’ ‘warfare,’ ‘disagreement,’ ‘pain,’ ‘death,’ ‘conflict’… and yet after just the first day I realized that this couldn’t be any further from the truth,” said Alicia Monique Blanco, Miss Arizona USA 2009.
The trip was organized by The Face of Israel organization, which offers tours for influential global figures. In Israel, the beauty queens visited all of the standard tourist destinations—like Jerusalem’s Old City, the Dead Sea, and Yad Vashem—but they also got off the beaten path with visits to the rocket-battered city of Sderot and Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon.
“[Israelis] have created an exquisite, highly innovative country that provides job security, democracy, health insurance, and top-quality education to people of all religions and races. Most importantly, they value life over death,” said Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009.
This article was published by JNS.org as an exclusive from Israel HaYom.
It had to happen. The American college student who seemed destined for first place in the least tasteful of all misguided acts of protest has been bested by Jews. And these Jews are so desperate for attention that they not only pervert the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge into an act of anti-Israel protest, but succeed in committing acts of historic blasphemy as well.
The group of protesters go by the name of “Jews Against Genocide.” Of course, the only genocide they protest is the fake genocide of Palestinian Arabs in Gaza, not the any number of actual genocides currently taking place in the world, even in the nearby Middle East nation of Syria.
These misguided JAGs created a video of themselves proclaiming their moral abhorrence of (and superiority towards) the Israel Defense Force’s defensive action against the thousands of rockets lobbed into residential neighborhoods and the creation of a labyrinth of terror tunnels designed to kidnap, hold hostage and murder innocent Israelis. But that isn’t how their story goes.
According to JAG, Israelis intentionally murdered Gazan civilians in yet the latest act in a series of acts of genocide. Whether one can keep committing acts of genocide against the same people was an esoteric not discussed by these JAG members.
The video captures various JAG members reading a list of indictment against Israel, shot at various locations in Israel including in front of Yad Vashem, the Israeli Memorial to and Museum of the Holocaust, the US Embassy in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem, the Israeli military radio station in Tel Aviv and in front of the Knesset.
Some of the native Israelis reading from the script stumble over the words, which were obviously written by English native-speakers. And the words are so extreme, recalling the “Nakba” (the Arabic word for catastrophe, which refers to Israel’s creation), and Israel’s repeated genocides against Gazans. They JAG members. In fact, the entire Operation Protective Edge is summarized by the first speaker as “the 2137 women, men and children murdered by Israeli war criminals.”
As the excellent website Legal Insurrection points out, JAG enthusiastically supports the Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel (BDS) movement.
The press release issued by Jews Against Genocide justifies its actions and threatens to undertake blood bucket challenges at Israeli Embassies around the world because “until the price that Israel pays for its crimes is higher than the profit it is making from them, Israel’s genocide of Palestinians will continue.”
Two wind-whipped brushfires in forests near Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital Wednesday afternoon forced the evacuation of hundreds of people and threaten to engulf the Yad VaShem Holocaust Memorial Center and Museum, located on the nearby hill of Mt. Herzl.
At least six planes and more than two dozen crews of firefighters on the ground are battling the fire, which has engulfed some houses in the Ein Kerem area . The blaze has forced the evacuation of other families as well as workers and visitors at Yad VaShem and the Kiryat Yovel neighborhood, where homes already have suffered heavy smoke damage.
Light rail service to Mr. Herzl has been suspended, streets have been closed, and traffic was temporarily suspended in both directions on Highway 1, the major artery linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Police also have closed off part the alternate Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem road, highway 443.
Firefighters in Judea and Samaria rushed to the capital to join the battle to contain the inferno.
Families who were forced to flee their homes in Ein Kerem have been evacuated to the Malcha office and commercial complex in southern Jerusalem. A second fire is burning out of control in the nearby Nataf neighborhood, where families have been evacuated to a moshav.
Several people have been treated for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, but several previous blazes in the area have been set intentionally by Arabs.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yad Vashem recognized its first Righteous Among the Nations from Peru.
Israel’s national Holocaust memorial on Thursday posthumously honored Jose Maria Barreto, a diplomat in Switzerland who used his position to attempt to rescue Jews during the Holocaust. A ceremony for Barreto will be held at a future date, Yad Vashem said in a statement.
As the consul general of Peru in Geneva, Barreto issued 27 Peruvian passports to 58 Jews, including 14 children, even though the government of Peru by 1938 had given instructions to its consulates in Europe not to issue visas to foreign immigrants — with an emphasis on barring Jews in particular.
Barreto was acting on the request of Abraham Silberschein, the head of RELICO, a Jewish relief organization in Switzerland funded by the World Jewish Congress, to issue Peruvian passports for Jews under German occupation.
Silberschein in a letter from August 1943 said, “Mr. Barreto, deeply moved by the suffering of millions of human beings in the occupied countries, wished to participate in helping to alleviate the plight of these innocent people, and decided to agree and provide us with a certain number of passports so that we could send them to different persons in the countries under German control. Mr. Barreto was convinced that by this highly humane deed he would save a number of people.”
That year, the Peruvian foreign minister canceled the passports and ordered the closure of the Peruvian consulate in Geneva. In addition, Barreto was fired and dismissed from Peru’s Foreign Ministry.