Angela Merkel was in Israel this weekend, where she visited the famous Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem and laid flowers.
This was her sixth and last visit as Federal Chancellor. There she met with the new President of Israel, Yitzhak Herzog, and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
During her visit, Merkel attended various exhibitions and met with the German-Jewish chemist Henry Foner, a Holocaust survivor. After that, she voluntarily visited the Holocaust Historical Museum. Even after the ceremony in which she laid a wreath in memory of the six million murdered Jews, Merkel did not rush to the waiting press, but thanked the children’s choir that had participated in the mournful procession. “Every visit to Yad Vashem touches me deeply,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel. “The crimes against the Jewish people documented here are an eternal responsibility and warning for us Germans.”
Given the rise in anti-Semitic attacks in Germany, Angela Merkel gave a speech at the memorial to the perished Jews: “The fact that Jews have found their home in Germany again after an inhuman crime is an immeasurable vote of confidence for which we are grateful. This trust motivates us to take decisive action every day against anti-Semitism, hatred and violence. This is the commitment of every federal government. “
Merkel’s farewell message as German chancellor to the Jewish people and Israel is at the same time her admonition to the next federal government, whoever leads it.
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