Marking Israel’s 70th anniversary, Yad Vashem brought friends and supporters from around the world on a mission to explore Holocaust commemoration and education in the 21st century.
Jews in several of the Nordic nations (Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland) are increasingly fearing for their religious futures after Denmark moved a step closer to passing a law banning infant circumcision. One rabbi sees this as a reenactment of a macabre story told in the bible symbolizing an attempt to cut off the thin connection binding heaven and earth.
Archaeologists in Poland uncovered a mass grave of around 300 prisoners at the site of the Nazi death camp Gross-Rosen located in southwestern Poland, and though it is believed to contain the remains of prisoners who died from starvation in the last days of the war, many of the corpses show bullet wounds.
A special gathering will be held on the eve of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, in Krakow, attended by thousands of participants from all over the world and Ministers of Education from 12 European countries. The challenge of remembering the Holocaust becomes greater as there are fewer Survivors to bear living testimony to the horrors.