Monday, May 2, 2011

A day to remember

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Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day is being observed in Israel, from yesterday's sunset until sunset tonight.


Yad Vashem has built a new cantilevered museum.
The skylight roof of the museum sheds light on the dark history of the Shoah exhibited in the long, mostly underground building.

After walking through the chilling exhibits, silent visitors come out of the tunnel-like structure into the fresh warm air of an open porch overlooking the living Jerusalem Hills.
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Only 208,000 Holocaust survivors are left in Israel, and an average of 35 of them die every day.
This makes it even more important to listen carefully to their story today, while we still have living witnesses.
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15 comments:

Sara said...

Your post brings back the memory of 1995 when we visited Yad Vashem; a moving, sobering experience. It was early May and while our group was planting trees somewhere near Jerusalem the siren sounded and everything came to a halt in remembrance of Israel's fallen. And today I am remembering those who died on 911 as well.

Rob and Mandy said...

Everybody should visit Yad Vashem! Some relatives went on a Holy Land tour recently, all the christian places. When I asked them if they had been to Yad Vashem, they did not know what I was talking about. It is for me the foremost place to visit if you want to understand Israel.

L. D. Burgus said...

Yes, no one should ever forget.

Rcel said...

Look at that! Very interesting structure! Nice, nice!


I have Finally Spring in my World entry at my blog. Hope you can visit me as well! :)

Spiderdama said...

Sad story.. We must not forget. God bless those who are back and have lost some one..

Wish you a blessed week!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Indeed no one should forget.

ρομπερτ said...

a silent bow in respect. i'm sorry.

VP said...

Impressive and touching. I have been in Israel for Yom HaShoah and it was surreal an moving when everything stopped at the sound of the sirens.

Hilda said...

I am always in awe how your architecture is so well thought out. The experience, both of the exhibit and walking out of the tunnel, will reduce me to a sobbing mess, I think.

Thank you for the interesting information about 18 and chai. I wonder if that had some bearing about the age of majority being 18 in many countries…

*Honest Abe said...

The Nazis killed a lot of people. I will never understand it.

Leif Hagen said...

A great, important posting on a day to remember and ponder. I'll never forget my visit to Dachau CC in Germany as a high school student, long ago!

On a chocolate note, I tried to reach through my computer screen for a sample of cow chocolate but it didn't work!

Kay L. Davies said...

35 a day sounds like a lot, Dina, until I remember they are no longer young. Canada is losing many WWII veterans now, and all the WWI veterans are gone.
Monuments like these, and days of remembrance, will keep their memory alive.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kay said...

I hope all their stories are being recorded so they are never forgotten. This is a beautiful memorial.

Suzanne said...

May their memories be for a blessing to us all.

JM said...

Fantastic structure!