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Israel's 'Eternal Memorial' a Light to Never Forget

It's important to educate people about the evils of the Holocaust to keep them from happening again. That's what Yad Vashem in Jerusalem is all about. Read Transcript


WALK DOWN ANY STREET IN

ISRAEL AND CHANCES ARE YOU MEET

I HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR.

I WAS IN THE WAR YOU.

WERE IN THE WAR?

I WAS IN GERMANY AND ONE OF

MY PARENTS CAME BACK.

I WAS A SURVIVOR OF THE

HOLOCAUST.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR PARENTS?

ONLY MY MOTHER SURVIVED.

SOME ESTIMATE THAT 125,000

SURVIVED THE CAMPS AND OTHERS

IN

OTHER PLACES. ASHER IS ONE OF

THEM. HE OFTEN TALKS TO GROUPS

AND TELLS THEM HOW HE SURVIVED.

DO YOU THINK IT'S A MIRACLE

THAT YOU SURVIVED ALL OF THIS?

ONLY MIRACLE.

MIRACLE.

BECAUSE MANY PEOPLE IN THE

CAMPS ONE OF THEIR CRIES WAS

"WHERE IS GOD?" . DID YOU ASK

THAT QUESTION?

I DIDN'T ASK QUESTIONS. I

WAS BUSY EVERY HOUR, EVERY DAY

TO FIGHT TO STAY ALIVE SO I

DIDN'T. TODAY IF YOU ASK ME

HOW

DID YOU SURVIVE I SAY I DIDN'T

RUN AWAY. I DIDN'T FIGHT. I

AM

NOT RELIGIOUS BUT I BELIEVE IN

GOD.

IT'S IMPORTANT TO

COMMEMORATE

THE PAST AND ALSO TO EDUCATE

THIS GENERATION TO PREVENT A

SIMILAR TRAGEDY IN THE FUTURE

AND THAT'S WHAT ISRAEL'S

MEMORIAL IN JERUSALEM IS ALL

ABOUT.

THIS COMES FROM THE BOOK OF

I

ISAIAH AND PROMISE OF GOD AND

CREATE THIS AND IN THE CONTEXT

IN THE HEBREW MEANS ETERNAL

MEMORIAL.

I ASKED ROBERT ABOUT THE

HOLOCAUST AND ANTI-SEMITISM

THEN

AND NOW?

FIRST ANTISEMITISM AND THE

HEART OF THE HOLOCAUST AND THE

NAZIS HAVE AN IDEOLOGY THAT IS

RACIST AND SEMETTIC AND THE

ENEMY IS THE JEW AND PART OF

THAT THAT HAS BEEN WITH US IN

THE WESTERN CIVILIZATION FOR

ABOUT 2,000 YEARS.

HE DIDN'T THINK A HOLOCAUST

WOULD HAPPEN TODAY IN THE SAME

WAY BUT JEWISH PEOPLE MUST BE

ON

GUARD BECAUSE SOME ANTISEMITISM

IS GENOCIDAL.

DO YOU THINK THERE IS A

CORPORATION BETWEEN ISLAMIC

TERRORISM AND THE JEW HATRED OF

TODAY?

THE FUNDAMENTALISTS ISLAMIC

IS LIKE THAT AND LISTEN TO

AHMADINEJAD AND SEVERAL YEARS

AGO AND THREATENING ISRAEL TO

EXIST.

IS IS IT IN EUROPE?

IT NEVER

REALLY WENT AWAY.

HE SEES HOPE AND OTHERS

RISKED

THEIR LIVES TO SAVE THE JEWISH

PEOPLE.

THIS IS THE AVENUE OF THE

RIGHTEOUS. WHY DO THEY CALL IT

THAT?

WELL, THEY WERE NON JEWS AND

WILLING TO RISK THEIR LIVES TO

HELP A JEWISH PERSON BY HIDING

THEM OR GIVING THEM FOOD OR

CERTAIN THINGS AND WE HAVE

TREES

PLANTED FOR THESE PEOPLE SO FOR

EXAMPLE WE HAVE THE TREE HERE

FOR A FAMILY FROM HOLLAND.

WE HAVE THE

NAMES HERE.

THE TREES DIED THEN AND WE

HAD TO PLANT A BIG TREE.

THE TREE DIED WHEN SHE DIED.

THAT'S RIGHT AND THE GOOD

DEEDS OF THESE PEOPLE MAY HAVE

SAVED ONE PERSON BUT THEY HAD A

FAMILY WHICH MEANS THEY SAVED

THE NEXT GENERATION UP.

TO A MILLION PEOPLE VISIT

HERE HERE AND MANY OF THE

VISITORS ARE CHRISTIANS.

IN 2006 THEY DECIDED TO

ESTABLISH THE CHRISTIAN PROGRAM

AND OUTREACH PROGRAM AND FOR

THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD.

IS THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

AWARE

OF THE DEGREE OF THE ATROCITIES

THAT OCCURRED IN THE HOLOCAUST?

I FEEL THAT ON ONE HAND THERE

ARE SOME CHRISTIANS AND SOME

LEADERS WHO HAVE REALLY STUDIED

THAT PERIOD AND THEY REALLY

WANT

TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, WHY THE

CHRISTIAN WORLD WAS UNABLE TO

SEE THE JEWS AS THEIR NEIGHBOR?

WHERE WAS THE CHRISTIAN

CHURCH IN 1933?

I THINK IF WE LOOK AT LEADERS

THEY WERE UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE

EVIL AND I THINK IT WAS THAT

BLINDNESS THAT MADE THEM UNABLE

TO -- YOU COULD SAY THERE WERE

TWO RELIGIONS IN GERMANY AT THE

TIME, NAZIISM AND CHRISTIANITY.

WHAT GIVES YOU A LOVE FOR

JEWS?

I LOVE THE BIBLE, BUT I ALSO

FEEL THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT

ISRAEL HERE IN THE SEA OF

HOSTILE COUNTRIES YOU CAN

CLEARLY SEE WHAT LIGHT IT

PRESENTS, WHAT ISRAEL BRINGS TO

THE WORLD, AND HOW GOD

MIRACOULSLY BROUGHT THIS NATION

BACK TO ITS HOMELAND AND AS

CHRISTIANS WE DON'T HAVE A

CHOICE. THE BIBLE IS VERY

CLEAR.

PART OF THIS WORK IS A

SEMINAR TO EDUCATE LEADERS FROM

AROUND THE WORLD.

ARE YOU HOPEFUL FOR THE

FUTURE FOR ISRAEL AND THE

CHRISTIA

CHURCH?

WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO BE

HOPEFUL AND HE WILL GIVE US THE

STRENGTH.

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