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Israeli President Herzog at Yad Vashem: October 7 reflects the horrors of the Holocaust

On the occasion of Yom Hashoah at Yad Vashem, President Isaac Herzog delivered a powerful message, drawing parallels between the Holocaust and the tragic events of October 7.

While acknowledging the differences, he emphasized the profound impact of the recent massacre, calling it the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust.

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“Throughout the decades since the Holocaust, we have promised ‘Never Again,’ but the horrors of that dark period reverberated on October 7,” Herzog said. He conjured up horrifying images of mothers silencing their babies and families being torn apart, comparing them to the atrocities witnessed during the Holocaust.

“Although October 7 was not a Holocaust, it was a day on which the most Jews since the Holocaust were murdered and slaughtered in one day,” Herzog solemnly declared. He emphasized the resilience of the Jewish people, claiming that Israel’s existence and the strength of its armed forces are a testament to the progress made since the Holocaust.

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Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks during a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem as Israel celebrates the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 27, 2022.Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90

“We must not allow division and factionalism to rule over us,” Herzog urged, calling for unity in the face of adversity. “

Our beloved Holocaust survivors – you are our eternal heroes. Your legacy is a legacy of resilience, of pride, of hope.”

In an appeal to the families of hostages held by Hamas since October 7, Herzog pledged relentless efforts to secure their release. “I appeal from the heart to the families of the hostages… we will not rest and we will not remain silent until our sons and daughters return home.”