At Ceremony for Fallen Paratroopers, Peres Says Justice Must Prevail in Trial

Even if justice has been delayed, it must be done, President Shimon Peres said yesterday over the trial of John Demjanjuk, which opened yesterday in Munich.

The trial of the alleged Sobibor death camp guard began at the same time a ceremony was underway marking the 65th anniversary of the deaths of seven Jewish parachutists from Mandatory Palestine who parachuted behind enemy lines in World War II. The ceremony took place at the Moreshet Holocaust education and research center at Givat Haviva in central Israel.

Lighting candles in memory of the seven, Peres said: "The mission of the paratroopers was a manifestation of morality in a desperate reality. The parachutist Haviva Reik and her comrades became a symbol and a source of inspiration ... The people of Israel and the State of Israel owe them a great debt."

The ceremony was attended by Surika Braverman - who parachuted with Reik - as well as ghetto fighters, survivors and members of the Noar Haoved Vehalomed youth movement from around the world.

Afterward a new museum, named for the commander of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, Mordechai Anielewicz, was dedicated.

The director of Moreshet, Dr. Graciella Ben-Dror, also presented the "Lodz Ghetto Album" containing 65 portraits of members of the Lodz Ghetto leadership, including the Jewish police and the controversial chairman of the Judenrat, Mordechai Haim Rumkowski. The album was created in the carpet workshop in the ghetto.