President Reuven Rivlin to Speak in Hebrew at German Parliament

Israeli president will be joined by German counterpart in commemorating liberation of death camps

By Yossi Aloni | | Topics: Holocaust
President Rivlin to address German parliament in Hebrew
Photo: Noam Rivkin Fenton/Flash90

President Reuven (Ruby) Rivlin will participate in a ceremony marking 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz on International Holocaust Day on January 27th.

Rivlin was invited to the event by his close friend, German President Frank Walter Steinmeyer, who also invited the Israeli to join him on January 29 and address the Bundestag in the Hebrew language.

Steinmeyer will arrive a few days earlier for the big event, which will include dignitaries from 40 countries, including US Vice President of Mike Pence, Russia President Vladimir Putin, Prince Charles and many other leaders, presidents, prime ministers, kings and princes.

The last time a president of Israel addressed the German parliament in Hebrew was Shimon Peres in January, 2010, also on International Holocaust Day.

During January 2020, President Rivlin and President Steinmeyer will participate in memorial events in Israel, Poland and Germany to commemorate 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. On the 22nd and 23rd of January, the German president will address the Fifth World Holocaust Forum in Israel. On January 27, the President of Israel and the President of Germany, together with other heads of state, will participate in a ceremony to be held at the concentration camp. President Steinmeyer will then travel together with President Rivlin to Berlin. The two presidents will give speeches in the Bundestag at a memorial event on January 29th in memory of the victims of the Nazis. The two will then participate in an international youth meeting dealing with how to remember the Holocaust.

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