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>JN May 6, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 81
Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day Monday with somber
ceremonies, including two-minutes of silence which stopped
traffic, pedestrians, and workers throughout the country.
Sirens sounded across Israel at precisely 10:00 a.m., signaling
drivers to stop their vehicles, get out, and stand at attention for
two minutes. Students, workers, pedestrians, and just about
everyone else also stopped what they were doing and stood in
silence to pay tribute to the 6-Million Jews who died in Nazi
concentration camps and ghettos during World War 2.
The ceremonies focused on the hundreds of thousands of Jewish
children who died in the Holocaust.The wife of Israel's president,
Reumah Weizman, was the first of a series of dignitaries who read
aloud a partial list of the child victims and their ages. The names
read by Weizman included Ilsa Achs, 12, Freid Strauss, 4, and
Ingrid Druca, 8. Weizman concluded with the phrase "May their
memories be for a blessing."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked his first
Holocaust Day in office, reading the names of some of what he
said were 100 of his wife's relatives killed by the Nazis.
Israel Chief Rabbi Yisrael Lau spoke of his memories of the day the
Nazis took away his mother when he was six-years old, and of the
years he spent searching for her after the war, without success.
Ceremonies and commemorations continued throughout the day, many
involving Israeli children and some involving elderly survivors
of the Holocaust. An estimated 6 Million Jews and 6 Million other
people were killed by the Nazis because of their religious beliefs,
ethnic backgrounds, political views, or a variety of other traits
the Nazis opposed.
Holocaust Day has a particularly strong resonance in Israel, partly
because international sympathy helped build support for
establishing the Jewish state shortly after the war, and also
because many Jews view a strong Israel as the best chance of
ensuring there will never be another Holocaust.
Bormann's Children Want his DNA Tested
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
The children of former Nazi official Martin Bormann say they want
DNA genetic tests done of the remains believed to be their father.
The tests could finally resolve the lingering question of where and
how the former Nazi official died.
The children of Nazi leader Martin Bormann have told the German
news magazine Focus that they hope DNA testing on the remains
believed to be those of their father will finally end the mystery
of where he died.
Once the second most powerful official in the Nazi hierarchy,
Bormann vanished from Berlin during the closing days of World War
Remains, believed to be his have been in the custody of German
officials since 1972 when they were accidentally discovered by
construction workers in Berlin.
Experts who examined the bones and used the skull to reconstruct
a model of what the face would have looked like have long believed
the remains are those of Martin Bormann.
But, lingering doubts about the Nazi official's true fate have
persisted. In 1993, a newspaper in Paraguay reported the former
Hitler deputy had been living in South America until his death in
the late 1950s.
Bormann's children, who have refused to take possession of the
remains until the question is resolved, say they want DNA testing
so any doubts can finally be removed.
Mubarak, Arafat Develop Their Strategy
By Jessica Jones (VOA-Cairo)
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hosted Palestinian leader Yasir
Arafat Monday to talk about the stalled Middle East peace process.
But Arafat says he doubts upcoming talks will help move the process
Arafat told reporters after his meeting he does not think US envoy
Dennis Ross will bring any new ideas to reactivate the peace
process. But, the Palestinian leader added he is open to all
options. Arafat says the Israeli government is "insisting on
continuing its breaching of peace accords."
Ross is scheduled to return to the Middle East today and meet with
Arafat and Israeli President Ezer Weizman. Arafat says Israelis are
responsible for the problems facing the peace process, and he does
not have high expectations for the meeting.
Sunday, Arafat called Israel's construction plans in east Jerusalem
a serious crime. He also complained Israel has failed to implement
The current stalemate in the peace process started in March, after
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized construction for a
Jewish settlement in east Jerusalem.
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