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Merkel’s Final Stop at Yad Vashem as German Chancellor

October 12, 2021

by: Janet Aslin

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The children memorial in the garden at Yad VaShem

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 | In her final days as chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel arrived in Israel on October 9 for a three-day visit. Her calendar was filled with many events but perhaps the most significant was Sunday’s visit to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum.

Merkel was accompanied by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Yad Vashem directorate chairman Dani Dayan and Yad Vashem council chairman Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, himself a Holocaust survivor, on her sixth visit to Yad Vashem.

During her tour of the museum, Merkel visited the “Flashes of Memory: Photography during the Holocaust” exhibition, participated in a state ceremony at the Hall of Remembrance, laid a memorial wreath, and signed the official guest book.

At one point Merkel remarked, “Every visit to Yad Vashem touches me at the core every time anew.” She continued, “The crimes against the Jewish people that are documented here are a perpetual reminder of the responsibility we Germans bear and a warning.”

As German chancellor for the past 16 years, Angela Merkel has demonstrated visibly the importance of that responsibility and has unwaveringly stood against anti-Semitism in all its forms.

Prime Minister Bennett echoed this as he remarked at the special cabinet meeting held in her honor earlier in the day, “For years, you, Chancellor, have served as the moral compass of all of Europe and have taken an uncompromising line in supporting Israel.”

Merkel’s support of Israel is not mere lip service but has been evident from the time she became chancellor. She chose Israel as the destination of her first official overseas visit, a mere two months after assuming office in 2005. Now she is ending her tenure with this final official trip, again to the State of Israel.

As long as there are leaders with the moral fiber of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the world will not forget the horrific events of the Holocaust.

Posted on October 12, 2021

Source: (Bridges for Peace, October 12, 2021)

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