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Yad Vashem Evacuated Due To Forest Fire


A fast-speading fire in Jerusalem led to the evacuation of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum.

The fire that broke out early Sunday afternoon in the Jerusalem forest and on Mount Herzl was still burning by evening, according to reports.

Several fire and rescue teams and two firefighting planes were fighting the blaze, which was spreading quickly due to the extremely dry conditions and light winds.

Yad Vashem has not yet sustained any damage and the evacuation was orderly, according to reports.

Israel Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- "Israel is the historical commemoration to the victims of the Holocaust," President Shimon Peres said at a Yad Vashem ceremony marking Yom Hashoah.

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, began Sunday night in Israel with the national ceremony, where survivors lit six torches representing the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Among the other rites to commemorate the day will be one remembering Jews who rescued other Jews from the Nazis.

The Splitting Of The Sea, 1943

An aging righteous gentile recalls ferrying Danish Jews to freedom from the Nazis.
Associate Editor

If God had divided the sea for us, even if we didn’t pass through on dry land, it would have been enough, Dayenu.

Christiansen being honored by former Israeli Consul General Arye Mekel.

Bergson’s Boy

From a nondescript stationery shop on West 15th Street, Eli Matz keeps a lone flame burning for the ideas Peter Bergson championed in Israel after the war.
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The world needs heroes. And so, sometimes, do the heroes themselves.

Dashing and deadly earnest, Peter Bergson fought, as few others dared, for the lives of endangered European Jews at the height of World War II.

Eli Matz boosts the memory of Peter Bergson.

Napolitano Visiting Israel to Check Security Projects


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- United States Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is in Israel to check on joint security projects between the two countries.

Napolitano visited Israel Monday and Tuesday as part of a multi-country tour that has included stops in Ireland, Afghanistan and Qatar. She will head to Belgium to meet with European Union and World Customs Organization officials, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Schindler’s List Can be Sold, Judge Rules


(JTA) -- A Manhattan judge has ruled that an original copy of Schindler's List can be sold.

New York State Supreme Court Justice Louis York ruled last week that dealer Gary Zimet may auction off what is believed to be the only privately held original copy of Oskar Schindler's list of Jews, which saved more than one thousand Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

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