Peres: apathy cost millions of lives

Holocaust ceremony to be centered on survivors, who memorialize victims.

April 11, 2010 19:57
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A part of the painting "My sister and I" by Holoca

holocaust painting 311. (photo credit: AP)


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President Shimon Peres addressed the Irianian threat in his speech at the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Yad Vashem on Sunday, stressing that the world can not display the apathy that cost so many their lives in the past.

"It is our right and duty to demand of the world's nations to not repeat their indifference, which has cost millions of human lives, including theirs. The United Nations must be attentive to annihilation threats coming from one of its members, against another member state," said Peres.

The central Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Yad Vashem began Sunday evening at 8 p.m. and was broadcasted live on Israeli television. The central theme for this year’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day will be the Voice of the Survivors – those who, according to a museum press release, “honor the victims and strive to safeguard their memory.”

President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu are slated to speak at the ceremony. Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, himself a Holocaust survivor, will light the Memorial Torch. Hana Weiss will represent the survivors.

During the ceremony, Holocaust survivors will light six torches. First torch: Eliezer Ayalon; second torch: Leo Luster; third torch: Sara Israeli; fourth torch: Hannah Gofrit, fifth torch: Baruch Shub; sixth torch: Jakob Zim.  During the ceremony, short videos of the torchlighters’ testimonies - produced and directed by Shlomo Hazan - will be shown. 

Participants in the ceremony include musician Gali Atari and the Ankor Choir under the direction of Dafna Ben Yohanan, as well as the IDF Paratroopers’ Honor Guard. Lior Ashkenazi will recite a piece.
The ceremony will be broadcast live on television on Channels 1, 2, 10 and 33, and channel 9 in Russian, and by radio on Kol Israel and Galei Zahal.  It will last about one hour and a quarter.

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