For the first time ever this week, the National Religious Broadcasters Network of America (NRB) in partnership with Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, will air "A Nation Remembers," a broadcast of Israel's official Holocaust Remembrance ceremony. Filmed on April 7, 2013 at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and study center in Jerusalem, the well-attended open-air evening ceremony, with other ceremonies held at centers around the country, traditionally begins Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The Israeli flag flies at half-mast; Holocaust survivors light six torches in memory of the six million Jews who were victims of Nazi death camps, and Israel's Chief Rabbis read Scripture and pray. This year Israel's President, Shimon Peres, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both presented addresses.
"A spiritual and political revival emerged from the Holocaust," said President Peres. "We were cut down but we established a state of our own ... We returned to our ancient homeland, we rekindled our moral legacy."
Prime Minister Netanyahu emphatically pledged, 65 years after the creation of the modern state of Israel, that "we won't stand helpless against those who seek to destroy us ... In this place and on this day, I commit to you there will never be another Holocaust."
In a special introduction to "A Nation Remembers," Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB, reminds viewers that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." The two-hour TV program aired Saturday, July 6, at 8 p.m. Eastern and will repeat on Sunday, July 14, at 11 p.m. Eastern.
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