Scholz in Yad Vashem: Chancellor commemorates the 6 million murdered Jews

“We will never forget the millionfold suffering and the victims!” These are moving words that carry even more weight in the current times than they already do.

Jerusalem – Chancellor Olaf Scholz (63, SPD) commemorated the six million Jews murdered by Nazi Germany during his first visit to Israel. In the Hall of Remembrance of the Memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Wednesday he laid a wreath in the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (49).

“The first stop on your visit to Israel, the first as Chancellor of Germany, is also the most important,” said Bennett.

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited the Yad Vashem Memorial alongside Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (49, 3rd from left). Photo: RONEN ZVULUN/REUTERS

“The Shoah’s crime against humanity made the world stare into the abyss,” wrote Olaf Scholz in the guest book afterwards. “We will never forget the millions of suffering and victims.”

The mass murder of the Jews was planned and carried out by Germans. “From this, every German government bears the everlasting responsibility for the security of the State of Israel and the protection of Jewish life.”

The wound of the mass extermination of the Jews forms the basis of relations between Germany and Israel. Even with this wound, both countries had built “significant and strong relations”.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Chancellor Olaf Scholz

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Chancellor Olaf ScholzPhoto: EPA

Bennett continues: “Even today, 80 years after the war, there is not a Jew who does not carry the memory of the six million brothers and sisters, women and children who were killed in camps.” Even after several generations it “a deep pain that does not go away”. He thanked Scholz for his visit and his commitment to Holocaust remembrance and the Jewish people.

After his visit to Yad Vashem, Scholz wanted to speak to Bennett and meet Foreign Minister Jair Lapid and visit the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. Planning for the trip had begun long before the war in Ukraine began. Because of the dramatic situation, it was unclear until the end whether it would take place.


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