Ever since Eden, people have had problems with each other. From Cain to Satlin, people have murdered to rid themselves of distasteful relationships. Today this evil was face to face with our tour group as we looked through the displays of Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial here in Israel.
The first thing that strikes you about this memorial is it’s unusual design. It’s like a large concrete tunnel, only it is shaped like a triangle. The exibits criss-cross back and forth throughout the tunnel. The displays are well done and include a number of visiual and auditory presentations. I have even included a rare photo from inside the memorial, as picture taking is not permitted, a fact I was reminded of after I snapped this photo.
The holocaust was a time of unprecedented wickedness and horror perpetrated on the Jewish people for simply being Jewish. Hitler’s genocide was not stopped until he had murdered 6,000,000 Jews (1/3 of the world populaion of Jews). This overhwleming statistic greets you with blantancy when you tour the memorial. Truthfully, it is an emotionally overwhelming place. But, you must go there. In order to ensure that no one ever forgets, and as an antidote against allowing it to happen again, you are drawn to Yad Vashem. Tears flowed down our faces, and we were strangely quiet wile we were there.
As our guide Reuven said – it must never happen again…yet one needs only to look to Israel’s neighbors to the North, Ahmadinejad among them, to see the scepter of Jewish genocide happening all over again. Will we ever learn?
One more blog from Israel and I’ll be home. I have enjoyed the trip immensely, but I long for the familiar joys of family and friends. I can’t wait to see you all again soon.
By the way, Happy 4th birthday Noah!
Herb the Pastor
11:45pm, March 18