(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
KKL-JNF and B'nai B'rith have planted six million trees in the Martyrs’ Forest in memory of our fellow Jews who perished in the Holocaust. The annual Holocaust Memorial Ceremony takes place in the heart of the forest, adjacent to the Scrolls of Fire Memorial that recounts the story of the Jewish People’s exile, Holocaust and rebirth.
“We are gathered here to keep our vow to remember and never to forget,” said KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler. “We shall continue to plant, build and preserve the land of the Jewish People within its homeland – this is our incontrovertible answer to the Nazi oppressors and all others who attempt to emulate what they perpetrated.”
Unlike many other Holocaust memorial ceremonies held throughout Israel, this event in Martyrs Forest is dedicated to the heroism of those Jews who, under impossible conditions, displayed great moral courage and chose to endanger themselves in order to try to save their fellow Jews.
The central theme of this year’s event was the life of Otto Komoly, Chairman of the Zionist Federation in Hungary, who helped to smuggle some 15,000 Hungarian Jews to the Land of Israel and founded fifty-two children’s homes that saved the lives of around five thousand children.
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