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Netanyahu’s Speech at the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’

Publié le : 11 avril 2010

PM Netanyahu’s Speech at the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day Ceremony (April, 11th, 2010)

Tonight, the eve of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, we remember our brothers and sisters who were murdered in the death camps, in the forests and in the killing fields.  We listen to the voices of the survivors who serve as the voice of the millions who died.

Before their deaths, many of the murdered begged, “Do not forget us.  Tell our story – tell the world, tell the following generations – how great our suffering was, how terrible the horror was, how great our sacrifice was.”

We owe the survivors a tremendous debt for their courage to return to life, to establish families, to contribute to building the country, and for their courage to speak out and tell their stories.  It is only during the past several years that we have been doing more to help and make things easier for the survivors in their twilight years, and we will continue to do so.

Distinguished guests,

Several months ago, I headed the Israeli delegation to the ceremony marking 65 years since the liberation of the death camps Auschwitz and Birkenau.  The candle-lighting ceremony took place outside in front of the monument.  It was 15 degrees celsius below zero, but it was still warmer than the terrible winter of 1944-1945 when temperatures ranged from 30 to 35 degrees below zero.  We stood for about 30 minutes during the ceremony, well-dressed for the weather, but nevertheless we were freezing.  Suddenly I understood a simple, chilling truth about millions of my brothers and sisters who ended up in that cursed place: those who didn’t burn, froze; and those who didn’t freeze were burned.

Several months prior, I had visited the Wannsee Villa in Berlin.  When I was there, I saw the original invitation for the meeting of high-level Nazi officials, during which they decided on the destruction of the Jewish people.  On the invitation that was sent by the Deputy Head of the SS was written: “The chief of the Reich main security office, Reinhard Heydrich, cordially invites you to a discussion about the Final Solution to the Jewish problem.  Breakfast will be served at 09:00”.

This is how, in an elegant villa on the shore of a pastoral lake, over breakfast and glasses of cognac, 15 men sat and decided how to destroy our people. No one batted an eyelid; no one expressed any doubt regarding the mission, either its necessity or its justness.  Immediately after the meal, they began their work to erase the seed of Abraham from the Earth.

As I was walking through the villa, moving from document to document, I felt myself becoming filled with helpless rage, and the feeling continued to grow until it became a flood.  At the end of the tour, my German host asked me to write something in the guest book.  I sat in the chair and the sadness and the anger rose up and started to overflow.  And because of the storm of emotions I wrote three words: Am Israel Chai [the People of Israel live].

Tonight at Mount Herzl, I say it again: Am Israel Chai.  The people of Israel will continue to live.  It re-established its country, gathered its exiles, built its army, settled its homeland and reunited its capital, Jerusalem.  “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people.”  That is how David Ben-Gurion opened the Declaration of Independence.  The State of Israel was born out of the ruins and the ashes, and today it impresses the entire world with the force of its creativity and innovation, with its advanced research and knowledge, with the momentum of its economy and with its free and democratic society.

Within several decades, the State of Israel has become one of the most advanced countries in the world: Israeli products help cure illnesses and feed millions of people; Israeli developments help irrigate fields and orchards on every continent; and Israeli ideas help save energy in every corner of the globe.  Israel is a rich source of innovation for the world and is looking to the future.

Nevertheless, today we must ask the question: have the lessons of the Holocaust been learned?  I believe that there are three lessons: fortify your strength, teach good deeds and fight evil.

The first lesson – fortify your strength – relates first and foremost to us, the people of Israel who were abandoned and defenseless when faced with waves of murderous hatred that rose against us time after time.

“In every generation there are those who stand against us.”  And in this generation we must fortify our strength and independence so that we will be able to prevent the current enemy from carrying out its plan.

Fortifying our strength is the first condition for our existence.

At the end of the day, it is also a necessary condition to expanding the circle of peace with those neighbors who accept our existence.

The second lesson – teach good deeds – means accepting or rather teaching to accept the other and differing opinions.  This is the recognition that is the foundation for the Jewish perspective that every man is created in G-d’s image and that every man has full rights to freedom, to life and to choosing his own path.

This is the essence of a free society.  This is the basis that would prevent the growth of a Nazi ideology or any other fanatic ideology that preaches genocide and carries it out.

This is what we teach the children of Israel, which is a magnificent country, a beacon of tolerance in a dark and fanatical region.

But, ladies and gentlemen, this teaching of good deeds has a complementary side, and that is the third lesson of the Holocaust: fight evil.  It is not enough to simply do good and be tolerant.  A free society must ask itself what it will do when faced with the destructive forces of evil that seek to destroy and trample man and his rights.

There is no tolerance without boundaries and the boundary of tolerance must be outlined.  And that is the answer that all free countries must define for themselves.

The historic failure of the free societies when faced with the Nazi animal  was that they did not stand up against it in time, while there was still a chance to stop it.

And here we are today again witnesses to the fire of the new-old hatred, the hatred of the Jews, that is expressed by organizations and regimes associated with radical Islam, headed by Iran and its proxies.

Iran’s leaders race to develop nuclear weapons and they openly state their desire to destroy Israel.  But in the face of these repeated statements to wipe the Jewish state off the face of the Earth, in the best case we hear a weak protest which is also fading away.

The required firm protest is not heard – not a sharp condemnation, not a cry of warning.

The world continues on as usual and there are even those who direct their criticism at us, against Israel.

Today, 65 years after the Holocaust, we must say in all honesty that what is so upsetting is the lack of any kind of opposition.  The world gradually accepts Iran’s statements of destruction against Israel and we still do not see the necessary international determination to stop Iran from arming itself.

But if we learned anything from the lessons of the Holocaust it is that we must not remain silent and be deterred in the face of evil.

I call on all enlightened countries to rise up and forcefully and firmly condemn Iran’s destructive intentions and to act with genuine determination to stop it from acquiring nuclear weapons.

These are the three lessons of the Holocaust: fight evil, teach good deeds and fortify your strength.

My friends, where does our strength come from?  From our unity, from our heritage, from our common past and future.  We treasure our past and forge the path to our future.

We are not here by chance.  We returned to this land because it is our land; we returned to Zion because it is our city.  We are paving roads north and south, and transforming a barren land into a flourishing garden.  This is our answer to those who seek our destruction.

As the prophet Isaiah said:

“Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

8 Réponses à Netanyahu’s Speech at the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’

  1. boubou aylik Répondre

    12 avril 2010 a 05:12

    trouver from

    Sur le pas de la porte de la boutique où je travaille, vers 10h 30, un vieil homme passe, me regarde puis me dit:
    « Vous êtes juif?! »
    Je lui réponds naturellement que oui. A mon tour je lui pose la même question, il me répond :
    « Je suis un rescapé d’Auschwitz. Je suis fier d’être juif, mais je ne crois plus en rien!!! »
    Impressionné par sa réponse, je ne savais pas trop quoi lui dire, et lui demandai :
    « Est-ce que nous pouvons nous faire photographier ensemble ? Plus tard, je la montrerai à mes enfants!! »
    « Bien sûr, avec plaisir! » me dit-il.
    On a par la suite sympathisé en Yiddish… et il m’a demandé si je pouvais faire développer une photo pour lui également. J’ai repris mes activités normalement et cette histoire m’est sortie de la tête.
    Un jour, une femme entra dans la boutique pour me demander si elle pouvait avoir un double de la photo que j’avais prise avec son mari. Gêné, je lui promis de faire un double rapidement. je lui demandai son nom et son numéro de téléphone et lui promis de la rappeler au plus tôt.
    Une fois le développement effectué, je téléphonai et demandai si son mari pouvait venir la chercher lui même.
    Depuis notre rencontre j’avais ma petite idée en tête, celle de pouvoir lui faire profiter de la Mitsva des Téfilines (qui sait…).
    Lundi 11 mai 2009, 17 iyar 5769
    Salomon Blekmans, c’était son nom, entra dans la boutique. Je lui remis la photo, il était très heureux et me remercia chaleureusement.
    A ce moment, je lui demandai:
     » Mr Blekmans, avez vous deux minutes? »
    – « Bien sûr mon garçon, pourquoi?
    – « Pour une grande Mitsva! »
    – « Une Mitsva??!, vous savez, moi les Mitsvot, je n’en veux pas, et je vais vous dire pourquoi. Quand j’ai été déporté à Drancy, après m’être échappé du train et capturé par la suite dans la forêt par la Gestapo, je me suis forgé une réputation de caïd, car j’avais eu beaucoup de courage d’avoir accompli une telle prouesse. Les allemands décidèrent donc, qu’avant de m’envoyer à Auschwitz, je ferai une escale à Varsovie!!!
    A l’époque, c’était juste après la révolte des juifs du ghetto, jusqu’au 16 Mai 1943, les allemands avaient assassiné tous les résistants, et comme ils avaient peur des maladies, il avait décidé de brûler tous les corps!
    Mon travail à moi était de rassembler les corps par dizaines et de déposer des poutres en bois qui provenaient des immeubles effondrés. Les nazis arrachaient les dents en or des cadavres et versaient de l’essence sur les corps pour les brûler!!! Vous comprendrez mon ami que les Mitsvot, ce n’est pas pour moi!  »
    Je l’ai écouté avec beaucoup d’attention et de tristesse à la fois. A cet instant précis, le fait de lui demander deux minutes pour la Mitsva me mit mal à l’aise.
    lui demandai si il était droitier ou gaucher, il me répondit qu’il était droitier, j’ai soulevé sa manche et là, j’aperçus en gros caractères, sur son avant bras tatoué, les chiffres « 65514 »Après un blanc d’une dizaine de secondes, qui semblèrent une éternité, comme si D. lui avez mis ces paroles dans la bouche, il me dit :
    « Mais vous m’êtes sympathique et je vous aime bien, alors faites ce que vous voulez de moi, vous voulez le bras droit ou le gauche? »
    Je n’en croyais pas mes oreilles. Avec émotion, je
    Après la mise des Tefilines, j’ai ouvert une petite bouteille de boukha, et nous avons bu en se souhaitant… Lehaim, à la vie!!!
    Salomon Bleckmans, juif originaire de Paris, rescapé d’Auchwitz, déporté en 1943 d’abord à Drancy, puis à Varsovie, enfin à Auschwitz par les nazis.
    En ce lundi 17 Iyar 5769, à 90 ans, il mit les Tefilines pour la 3ème fois de sa vie…

    • marco Répondre

      12 avril 2010 a 08:47

      boubou !
      quel superbe histoire !
      merci !

    • marco Répondre

      13 avril 2010 a 16:57

      en regardant ta video, tu viens de me faire pleurer !
      merci pour lui et merci pour nous tous !
      razak mon frére !

  2. marco Répondre

    12 avril 2010 a 13:49

    Bibi, l’a promis !

    plus jamais ça !
    alors que son premier mandat fut un fiasco !, qui suivit une traversé du désert, son second mandat est exemplaire !
    il tient tete, reste sur ses positions, et fait face aux plus fortes pression jamais exercé sur Israel par les Usa !
    Avec une poignée d’autres, notre avenir et survie sont entre ses mains, nous devons tout faire pour le soutenir !
    Esperons juste, que la politique interieur du pays soit assez lucide pour oublier les querelles de couloir au profit de l’union nationale !

  3. Emile Répondre

    13 avril 2010 a 16:52

    A faire bouillir notre sang, dans nos cœurs et dans nos veines. Nous n’avons pas le droit de fléchir encore une fois. Bibi, le destin a fait que tu sois toi a la tête du peuple dans ces jours tristes ou les États Unis tournent le dos a Israël, pas par le peuple mais surtout par le président et la gauche aveugle, y compris les juifs qui n’ont aucun scrupule d’aider celui qui attaque en plein front le leader d’Israël d’aujourd’hui. Am Israel Hai.
    Making our blood boil in our hearts and in our veins! We cannot afford to fail again. Bibi, destiny put you at the head of the people in these sad days when the United States turn their back to Israel, not by the people but especially by their president, and the blind left, including the Jews who have no misgivings about helping the one who frontally attacks Israel’s leader of today. Am Israel Hai.
    Haba lehargueikha, hachkem vehargueihou.

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  5. sudmuf Répondre

    14 avril 2010 a 10:03


  6. Terry Répondre

    16 avril 2010 a 00:49

    A wonderful speech indeed! Go Ben!!

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