Memories in the salon: a cycle of events dedicated to the Holocaust Remembrance Day is open

 Memories in the Salon: Holocaust Remembrance Day Series Opened

On Tuesday evening, the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony “Memories in the Salon” The Knesset opened a series of events dedicated to the Holocaust Remembrance Day. This was reported by the press service of the Knesset. Ceremonies “Memory in the Salon” have been held in Israel since 2011 to celebrate Holocaust Remembrance Day with family and friends. However, this is the first time the Knesset has held such a memorial ceremony.

Memories in the salon: a cycle of events dedicated to the Holocaust Remembrance Day is open

The ceremony took place in the Chagall Hall. Knesset Speaker Miki Levy invited Yosef Hershkowitz, who suffered in the Holocaust of the Jewish People, to tell his story to young Israelis. That evening, two hundred and fifty representatives of youth movements, senior students and cadets of preparatory army courses gathered in Chagall's hall that evening. The ceremony took place in the Chagall Hall. Knesset Speaker Miki Levy invited Yosef Hershkowitz, who suffered in the Holocaust of the Jewish People, to tell his story to young Israelis. Two hundred and fifty representatives of youth movements, high school students and cadets of the preparatory army courses gathered in the Chagall hall that evening.

“Our duty is to collect as much living evidence as possible and preserve it for future generations. We Israelis may think that the existence of this state is a fact for granted, but for Yosef and for other Holocaust survivors who came to Israel from Hellfire, this country is perceived as a true miracle. It is our duty to protect Israel and eliminate the hatred among its citizens,” the Knesset Speaker said as he opened the Commemorative Ceremony. Josef Hershkowitz spoke with great emotion about his life during the Second World War. He was born in the north of Transylvania, and when the Nazi troops invaded Hungary, Yosef and his family were sent to the ghetto, and from there to Auschwitz. “There was no food. In the morning we were given some water, and in the evening – bread on a plate, but it was all crumbled, – Hershkowitz said in a trembling voice, – there were days when they didn’t give anything at all. This was really scary. There was a doctor next to me. He advised me to eat burnt trees. That was until an American tank arrived at the concentration camp and liberated us.” At the end of the war, Yosef learned that his mother and four brothers had died. Yosef appealed to the youth to protect Israel. “It's a terrible feeling to go where you have never been and not know when you will return from there, and if you will return at all!” he said.

 Salon Memories: Event Series open to Holocaust Remembrance Day

In the second part of the ceremony, young men and women, as well as their teachers, recited poems dedicated to the Holocaust. Singer Lee Birman performed the songs “I want to say a prayer”, “Flower”; and “Song of Ascents”. «We– your victory,” said Li Biran to Yosef Hershkovitz. “It would be a mistake to leave these memories in the salon. The memory of the Holocaust exists to create a future for Israel: love for the man who asks for a union between life and death. This is the first step on a long road where dreams become reality,” Knesset Speaker Miki Levy said as he closed the ceremony. Photo: Noam Moshkowitz, Knesset Press Office

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