Unique Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony will
commemorate the Heroism of Jewish Rescuers
KKL-JNF and the B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem will hold a joint Holocaust Commemoration ceremony on April 6, 2010, Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day. This ceremony is the only one in the world dedicated to commemorating the heroism of Jews who rescued fellow Jews during the Second World War. 250 Border Patrol Cadets will provide an honor guard and 250 high school students from Jerusalem will participate in the ceremony.
The event will be held at Martyr's Forest, a joint KKL-JNF - B’nai B’rith project that memorializes the victims of the Holocaust through 6 million trees planted in the Jerusalem Mountains near Moshav Kesalon. The forest was planted and is maintained thanks to the contributions of Jews from Israel and from throughout the world. A special path in memory of Anne Frank, the author of the famous diary written while she was in hiding with her family in Amsterdam, is now being constructed in Martyr's Forest with the help KKL-JNF friends from Holland.
Prior to the ceremony, Holocaust survivors who rescued Jews in Europe
during and after the Holocaust will tell their story to groups of high
school students, assisted by KKL-JNF guides. The ceremony itself will
take place at the “Scroll of Fire” monument, a sculpture by Nathan
Rappaport that tells the story of murder of the Jewish People during
the Holocaust and of their rebirth in the State of Israel through a
moving base relief.
The phenomena of the hundreds and even thousands of Jews who labored to
save their endangered brethren throughout Europe, has yet to receive
appropriate public recognition and resonance. Many who could have fled
themselves preferred to save others and paid for it with their lives.
With great heroism, Jews in every country in occupied Europe employed
subterfuge, forgery, smuggling, concealment and other methods to rescue
fellow Jews. Considering the fact that many of the rescuers were young
at the time of their activity, the organizers of the ceremony view it
as especially important to tell the story of the Jewish rescuers during
the Holocaust to Israeli youth as a model for Jewish solidarity and
Speakers at this year’s event include:
• KKL-JNF World Chairman Mr. Efi Stenzler
• Mr. Zevulun Orlev, Chairman of the Knesset Education and Culture Committee
• H.E. Edward Iosiper, Ambassador of Rumania to Israel
• Alexander Cioben Sarel, a Holocaust survivor from Poland and Palmach veteran
• Mr. Haim Roth, a Dutch survivor and chairman of the Committee to Recognize Jews who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust.
• Professor Yitzhak Meir, Chairman of the B'nai B'rith World Center
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