|With Romanian-born Leah at the Beit Avot (Home for the Aged). |
The SS murdered Leah's parents in front of her eyes.
A Christian neighbor, hearing the screams and gunshots
dashed into the house, grabbed the 9-year-old child survivor
insisting she was hers, and hid Leah in a crawl space 3 years.
Note: I first published this post on Yom Hashoah 2009.
Today, the 27th day of the Hebrew month Nisan, at 10 A.M., a two-minute air raid siren wailed nationwide. Each year, on this day, we are called to stop in our tracks mid-sentence, exit vehicles, and stand silent honoring the six million Jews the Nazi genocide wiped out — one-third of world Jewry, among them 1.5 million children. Special Yom Hashoah ceremonies follow at the Knesset (Parliament), the Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, and in schools, organizations, and institutions nationwide.
At the corner of Tel Aviv's Allenby and Yavne Streets, in the public Beit Avot (Home for the Aged), I joined the residents, most of them Shoah survivors, for their powerful program.
Watch the video (5:21 minutes).
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