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.
After the Kotel (the Western Wall), Yad Vashem receives more visitors than any other tourist site in Israel. Established by Israeli law in 1953, Yad Vashem is the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, also known as the Holocaust Museum. The name is taken from Isaiah 56:5: "Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name ..." (yad vashem) The Hebrew word yad also means 'memorial'.