Yad Vashem: The Memorial to the Holocaust

Later today, after leaving the Wailing Wall, we headed to Yad Vashem. Yad Vashem is the Holocause Museum on Mt. Herzel. Yad Vashem means “a hand and a name. a hand to help those in need and a name to remember those who are no more”. It does not matter how many Holocaust museums and memorials I go to- I still weep everytime. It was very emotional on so many levels. 6 million Jews were killed, 1 1/2 million of them were children. It was so hard for me to grasp today because here I stand, in the land of the Jews God’s chosen people, yet 6 million of them were slaughtered in one of the most brutal massacres in history.

Dr. van der Laan said something that meant a lot to me. Before we went there he told us a quote from a conversation between two people. It said “‘How can you believe in God after something so terrible?’ ‘Well how can you believe in man after something so terrible?'” They resounded in my head while walking through the museum. But all I can say after this is never again, never again.

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