Starting tonight at sunset and until tomorrow's sunset, Jews through out the world will be remembering those who were murdered in the Holocaust.
I could write volumes to describe the horrors that the German nation, their allies, and even the United State and Great Britain allowed to happen. But instead I will let the survivors speak.
These tales of sorrow, and triumph tell the story, the truth better than this correspondent could.
From Yad Vashem via YouTube:
Yad Vashem: Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future
Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Eliezer Ayalon
Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Jakob Zim
Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Sara Israeli
Holocaust Survivor Testimony: Hannah Gofrit
Holocaust Survivor Describes Ghetto and Death Camp
Holocaust Victims' Names Commemoration
On 4 September 2003 3 Israeli Air Force F-15 fighter planes, piloted by offspring of Holocaust survivors, flew over the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp today as part of a salute to the victims' bravery and a pledge to be the "shield of the Jewish People in Israel."
The Israel Air Force planes departed for Poland on August 28 to participate in events marking the 85th anniversary of the Polish Air Force. Several air forces from the around world participated in the event. The Israel Air Force took part in the main event staged at the Polish air base in Radom, during which the three F-15s passed over the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
During the flyover, the head of the IAF team Brig.-Gen. Amir Eshel announced, over the pilots' communication system and broadcasted simultaneously on the ground, "We Air Force pilots flying in the sky above the camp of horror, created from the ashes of six million victims, carry their silent cries, salute their bravery and promise to be the shield of the Jewish people in Israel."
The planes, emblazoned with the Star of David, flew above the camp along the railway tracks which led to the crematoria before peeling away. They were accompanied by two Polish MiG-29 jets.
"[The pilots] will fly over the camp for about a second to honor the ashes of their fathers and grandfathers," said Israel Ambassador to Poland Shevach Weiss. "This will be a very emotional moment for them. They will probably be crying in the planes."
In addition to the flyover, some 200 Israeli soldiers were due to take part at a ceremony in the camp, during which the names of victims who arrived at Auschwitz exactly 60 years ago, on September 4, 1943, were to be recited.
IAF Israeli Air Force fly over Auschwitz
A year ago in Cairo, President Barack Hussein Obama said:
"America's strong bonds with Israel are well known. This bond is unbreakable. It is based upon cultural and historical ties, and the recognition that the aspiration for a Jewish homeland is rooted in a tragic history that cannot be denied.
Around the world, the Jewish people were persecuted for centuries, and anti-Semitism in Europe culminated in an unprecedented Holocaust. Tomorrow, I will visit Buchenwald, which was part of a network of camps where Jews were enslaved, tortured, shot and gassed to death by the Third Reich. Six million Jews were killed – more than the entire Jewish population of Israel today. Denying that fact is baseless, ignorant, and hateful. Threatening Israel with destruction – or repeating vile stereotypes about Jews – is deeply wrong, and only serves to evoke in the minds of Israelis this most painful of memories while preventing the peace that the people of this region deserve."
Obama is wrong!
Israel is not a nation because of the Holocaust! There was a Holocaust because there was no Israel!
Once more the Jewish people are being threatened by those who would seek their destruction. And once more the so-called leaders of the civilized world will look the other way. But this time we Jews will not go quietly into the gas chambers! This time have the means to fight back! This time we will prevail!
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