Today, January 27, 2014, the largest ever delegation of Knesset members are convening abroad, on the grounds of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, together with Holocaust survivors, for a historic gathering on combating anti-Semitism.
A rocket, fired across the border into Israel from Lebanon last week, narrowly missed injuring dozens of Holocaust Survivors in Acre, north of Haifa. The Holocaust Survivors responded to warning sirens and tried to reach bomb shelters but were unable to do so before the rocket landed, just short of their housing facility. Neighboring houses suffered damage in the attack.
There are three distinct aspects to being called a survivor. The first one, of course, is remaining alive in life-threatening circumstances. By the Grace of God, Israel's 200 000 Holocaust survivors all meet this criterion.