On Sunday at sundown, Israel will hold its annual Yom HaShoah ceremony at Yad Vashem, the Jewish state's official Holocaust memorial. Ahead of this event, The Times of Israel tells us about PM Netanyahu's meeting with the six Holocaust survivors who will serve as the ceremony's torch lighters:
Accompanied by his wife, Sara, Netanyahu spoke with the torch lighters and heard their stories, which the prime minister said were filled “with both horror and glory.” Each story is also “the story of our people climbing back from the pit of death — this is our story of rebirth,” he said.
“We were helpless,” said Netanyahu. “I want you to understand the enormity of the miracle.”
Netanyahu spoke of the rise of the State of Israel from the ashes of the Holocaust, mirroring the survivors’ own stories.
“There is hardly a day when world leaders, presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and other leaders do not come here and come to learn from the State of Israel,” he said. “There is great admiration for the State of Israel. ‘But how did you do that?’ they ask. ‘You were dust, ashes?’ So I look at you and I ask, ‘How did you do that?’ Because what we did afterwards is nothing compared to your great deeds, and that is the great story of rebirth. There is no real explanation for this miracle...”