Holocaust survivors invited to Israel Air Force bases

Some 10,000 survivors arrived at 12 IAF bases across Israel as part of special out-reach project.


IAF chief says, ‘We need to do everything so that horrors our people endured will not recur,’

By Yoav Zitun

Air Force bases held an event in honor of Holocaust survivors Tuesday, hosting some 10,000 survivors in 12 bases nationwide.

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Survivors at IAF base – Photo: Yaron Brener

The project is held for the first time in the IDF in collaboration with the Center for Holocaust-Survivor Organizations in Israel, Yad Vashem and JDC in Israel

The survivors toured the bases and conversed with soldiers and pilots.

Air Force Commander Major General Amir Eshel said “The State of Israel is facing challenges both near and far, but as opposed to World War II, the State of Israel is safe because the IDF is strong and the Air Force has proven itself in the past and prove itself every day.”

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Major General Amir Eshel – Photo: Yaron Brener

“We realize… that we need to do everything so that the horrors that our people have endured will not recur.”

Major N., F-16 pilot, hosted his grandmother Esther, 80, whose entire family died in the Holocaust. He said “the event reminds me where we came from and where we’re going. My grandmother is very excited and has arrived with all of her friends.”


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