Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Holocaust Survivor Saved Students Lives

Professor Liviu Librescu of Virginia Tech, a survivor of the Holocaust as well as an escapee from communist Romania, was killed in the mass-murder of students at the school on Monday. He apparently blockaded the door of the classroom and allowed many students to jump from the windows and save themselves. He paid for this act of herosim with his life.

Ironically, his death came on the Israeli celebration of Holocaust Rememberance Day. He is survived by a son in Tel Aviv.

Link: Holocaust Survivor saved student lives

Sunday, April 15, 2007

One Third of Israeli Youth Fear Second Holocaust

Israel marked the 2007 anniversary of Holocaust Rememberance Day. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke about the neccesity to be ever-vigilant in the face of growing anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. Meanwhile, a poll taken on the eve of Holocaust remeberance day suggested that a third of Israeli youth feared a second Holocaust.

Olmert: Not everyone has learned Holocaust lesson

On Sunday evening Israel's leadership gathered at Yad Vashem to mark the commencement of Holocaust Memorial Day.

This year, there is a special emphasis on the few Holocaust survivors still living. Echoing this, is the traditional emphasis of the importance of the Jewish nation to fight against racism, and survive.

Olmert, a keynote speaker at the ceremony, warned of those who "had not yet learned the lesson the Holocaust. Many gather at respectable academic institutions, with hatred of Israel blinding them."

"Most of the world population is aware of the Holocaust and aware of the evil agenda of Holocaust deniers," he said, "they withhold from the Jewish people the right to a sovereign state. They are the first to find an excuse for any atrocity committed against Israeli civilians and the loudest in censuring defensive operations of the State of Israel."

Link: YNET