Shoah Memorial Closes With Ode to Ghetto Fighters

The central event closing Holocaust Remembrance Day took place appropriately at the Ghetto Fighters' House Museum (Beit Lohamei Haghetaot) yesterday.

Over 10,000 spectators along with Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar, soldiers and Holocaust survivors and their families took part in the ceremony.

"It is our duty to remember the ghetto fighters who gave their lives and displayed the highest courage," said Sa'ar. "We who have been fortunate to have been born to the miracle of a Jewish state in our historic homeland; we who have been fortunate to defend our people, to serve in the Jewish army and be protected by it; we bear the historic obligation to protect the State of Israel and strengthen it; to defend our sovereign existence and guarantee our future here."

Sa'ar went on to say that the anti-Semitism "animal" was still alive and well.

"The danger exists," he said. "Only our strength, wisdom and judgment will allow us to prevent the evil. We have sworn 'Never again!' But we will be able to fulfill our oath only if we show dedication and perseverance to fight for the existence of the state and strengthen it."