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It is not that six million Jews were murdered, but that there were six million murders and every one was the murder of a Jew…
Yad Vashem is an everlasting memorial to the Holocaust, to the six million Jews who suffered and died at the hands of the Nazi regime during the Second World War.
It is a incredibly sobering experience to walk through its halls and see testimonies to the terrible atrocities that were committed in attempting to annihilate an entire race. To walk outside past the replica of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (1943) monument, depicting at the front a group of insurgents with their leader Mordechai Anielewicz (see article Yad Mordechai) and behind a group of Jews marching to their death, then to enter into the darkened Hall of Remembrance, a place of deep contemplation where you stand silenced, the eternal flame burning, its light reflecting across the floor to the names of the concentration camps, names of horror and brutality, Auschwitz-Oswiecim, Therensienstadt-Terezin, Bergen Belsen, Treblinka, Dachau, the names go on…
To wander down the Avenue of the Righteous, an avenue of carob trees that, along with a plaque, each represent a righteous Gentile who risked their lives to help Jews – Oskar and Emilie Schindler, Corrie, Casper and Elisabeth Ten Boom, the dock strikers of Amsterdam and many more less know to most… to see the 21m high Pillar of Heroism resembling the chimneys of the crematories dedicated
To the martyrs
To the ghetto fighters
To the partisans
To those who rebelled in the camps
To the fighters of the underground
To the soldiers in the armies
To those who saved their brethren
To the courageous people who took part in the clandestine immigration
The heroes of valor and revolt
For everlasting life
Then you enter one of the most poignant – the dark underground cavern, a memorial to the one and a half million children who perished, their faces are seen, their names, age and country solemnly read whilst memorial candles reflect like stars across the darkened space that seems to fade into eternity.
The memorials go on, the sadness and despair is felt, but what is the message we can take from all this? One plaque we read there read Never say this is the final road for you, though leadened skies may cover over days of blue, that the hour we longed for is so near, our steps beat out the message – we are here!
WE ARE HERE – Israel is a living witness that God has a purpose with this earth and they will never ever be destroyed even though they have passed through the furnace – When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee, Isa 43:2.
The outcome of the Holocaust was that the Jews were caused to return back to their land.
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, that it shall no more be said, Yahweh liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; But, Yahweh liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the land whither He had driven them: and I will bring them again into the land of their Fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith Yahweh, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks Jeremiah 16:14-16.
Yad means hand, Va means memorial, and Shem name. So here is a memorial to the six million names of the Jews that Hitler tried to blot out. In the title Yad Vashem you have a hand and a name. It is taken from Isaiah 56:5, Even unto them (the Gentiles) will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. It is literally a name for a hidden period. Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer:…for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people, Isa 56:7. (Christ quotes this in Matt 21:13, Mark 11:17, Luke 19:46.)
Visiting Yad Vashem is an amazing experience that remains eternally with you – you will be moved by the heartbreaking story of the suffering it portrays, but always remember God is with His people and has a purpose with them. See article Israel – A Living Witness.