Israel-Day Eleven

We left our hotel in Jerusalem for the last time.  We drove by some national buildings including the Parliament (Knesset) building.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

We spent several thoughtful hours at Jerusalem’s Holocost Memorial.  We were not allowed to bring our cameras in, so I stole the picture below from the Internet.

“The impact of Jewry will never pass away, and the poisoning of the people will not end, as long as the causual agent, the Jew, is not removed from our midst.”—Aug 1920, Hitler.

Hitler hated the Jews because of their religion and their wealth.  He made his symbol the Swastica, which means “Peace.”  The Jews had used it for centuries in their churches, etc.  The Germans classified the Jews by their anatomy, including width of ears, nose, mouth, eyes, etc.  if a person had a grandparent that was a Jew, he was considered a Jew.  The Madagascar plan was the original plan to ship all the Jews, but it was too costly for Germany and it petered out.  Hitler’s Germany then started to invade Poland, which had the highest population of Jews of any country in the world.  Because of the masses of Jews, he had to start forced labor or they would revolt.  The problem was that 2/3 of the city of Warsaw was Jewish.  Hitler’s army took everything the Jews had and sent them to the ghettos, which made the German economy start to boom with all the Jewish wealth in the German hands.  Hitler used this as propaganda for Nazism.

Propaganda videos were shot making the world think the Jews were happy in the ghetto and that they had to stay separated from the rest of society.  Soon, the Germans could no longer take care of the Jews, and the people turned to starvation.  Curfews were set up, there was widespread disease, no money, work, or possessions were to be found.  While all this was happening the rest of the world thought Germany was taking good care of the Jews.  Soon, the Germans realized the Jewish potential and started war factories for them to work in.  Germany invaded the Soviet Union when they split ways.  The population of Jews there was so great that the Germans started to kill the Jews to keep in control.  At this time, Hitler had 11 million Jewish “problems” on his hands.  The Jews couldn’t revolt because they had no weapons or strength to fight with.  Soon, the Germans started to “deport” the Jews.  They were taken to labor camps and killed in gas chambers by Zyhlon D or they would take them to dig a trench, then shoot and bury them.  These labor camps were portable so the Germans could not be found out.  They could be pulled up and left without a trace in 48 hours.

There is a list of non-Jews, the “righteous among the nations” which risked their lives to help the Jews.  Oskar Schindler was one who is quite famous.  When the Jews were liberated by the Allied forces, they wanted to go to Israel, but they couldn’t because the British Mandate had a law that only 5,000 Jews could enter Israel a year, so they were sent to places like Cyprus where colonies were set up for them.  When Israel became a state just a few years later, as many Jews as wanted could migrate there.

Prison camps:  Flossenburg, Birkenan, Esterwegen, Jasenovac, Mauthausen, Plaszow, Najoanek, Kloogh, Dachau, Auschwitz, Treblinka (870,000 in 13 mos.), Sobibor, Belzec.

Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

After Yad Vashem, we visited “Mini Israel” which has small models of many important sites in Israel.

Mini Israel-Ben Gurion International Airport

We then headed to the airport in Tel Aviv and flew to Rome.  After a several-hour delay because of a bad storm the day before in Rome, we took a short tour around the city.  Below are some pictures I took.

The Colosseum
The Vatican

After our short tour, we spent the night at Four Points Sheraton (Rome West).

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