NIFI supporter Isobel Kuzma reports on her recent attendance at a Holocaust seminar in Jerusalem.
On April 15th-23rd 2012, I attended a Christian Leadership Seminar at Yad Vashem, the National Institute for Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem. To say this opportunity was an honour and life-changing is an understatement. The topic of the seminar was “The Holocaust, Antisemitism and Israel.”
Twenty-six delegates from all over the world, from different branches within the Christian faith, assembled at Yad Vashem to hear and participate in a series of lectures. We discussed among other things; “G-d, the Jews, and History”, “Judaism, and Anti-Judaism in the Ancient World”, “The Final Solution and It’s Implementation”, “The Righteous among the Nations” and “Confronting Holocaust Denial”. The conference also included an in-depth tour of Yad Vashem, meeting survivors, being guests at the Yom HaShoah ceremonies, guided tours of Jerusalem and the land of Israel, creating an educational experience second to none.
Yad Vashem is more than a museum; it is truly a memorial to the communities, the culture, the precious lives, families, spouses and children who were so cruelly destroyed. Yad Vashem allows us to experience who these people were and to connect with them in a personal way. In connecting with them we understand the horror they endured. There was a great unity and bond within the group of delegates that helped us greatly. Together, we faced the uncomfortable truths of Antisemitism within Christianity and how it contributed to the Shoah. These truths must be faced in order to prevent further atrocities.