President Reuven Rivlin.
(photo credit: Mark Neiman/GPO)
Life is moving at such a fast pace these days that many historic events are forgotten or ignored and maintain relevance only for the people who were involved in them and their descendants.That, of course, is an unfair generalization because there are history buffs who remember to commemorate even the most obscure of incidents. It is not certain whether the 70th anniversary of the arrival at Haifa Port of the Exodus, the most iconic of pre-state Israel’s many illegal immigrant ships, would have been commemorated were it not for the fact that Jerry Klinger, the founder of the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation, had not decided to put up a memorial at Haifa Port. Unlike France, Italy, Germany and the US, Israel had no monument to honor the fact that the Exodus symbolized a turning point in contemporary Jewish history.