IDF Honors Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, on the Hebrew date of Nisan 27th–the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising–the IDF commemorates the Israeli Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day.

Railway leading to the death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau

The Israeli state was founded to function as a home for the Jewish people. The IDF, as the Israeli army, is sworn to protect and defend Israel and its citizens. It serves as a functioning military which will thwart any attempt to harm Israeli civilians. In addition, the IDF draws inspiration from many significant events of the Jewish and Israeli history, among which are all those who fought against the Nazi regime and its inhumane cruelty.

IDF Chief of the General staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz visits Holocaust survivors

Many activities are being carried out throughout the year to commemorate the memory of the Holocaust, from weekly volunteer work with survivors to Witnesses in Uniform, a special program in which IDF officers and soldiers go on educational trips to Poland to learn more about their history and about the Holocaust. Furthermore, any foreign general on an official visit to Israel must pay a visit to Israel’s Yad Vashem, the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust.

During September 2003, three fighter jets flew above Auschwitz–only this time they were IAF jets, symbolising the revival of the Jewish people and saying out loud to the whole world: “Never again“.

Col. (Res.) Avi Maor, one of the six pilots and navigators that took part in the flight, said:

“The message that we bear with us is that we and the State of Israel are alive are strong enough to ensure that something like this will never happen again. An entire generation is gone, for many of them there was not even someone left to say ‘Kadish’. This is the debt that we owe them, the six million who perished there.”