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  4/19/2013, Iyar 9, 5773

Piron: I Represented my Grandparents in Poland


Education Minister Shai Piron represented Israel, Thursday, at a ceremony in Warsaw to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the revolt that brought about the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. During the observance, he said, "I came here today from Jerusalem, Capital of Israel, as Minister of Education of the State of Israel, which wishes to declare our duty to continue to stoke the great spirit which beat in the hearts of the rebels: war that does not compromise with evil in a deep commitment to human dignity and peace. Education is the only key to the establishment of a peaceful and loving person. Education is the only key to sharpening a profound national identity that does not run over different ones."

Reflecting in a post on his Facebook page, Rabbi Piron wrote that he felt he was representing his grandparents, adding that his travels to official visits around the Polish capital with a police escort gave him the feeling that not only did the leaders of the uprising succeed, but so did his grandparents, explaining, "They refused to die a cruel death, and now their grandson is a minister in the government of Israel." He said the ceremony gave him the feeling of "commitment to continue the relay race, to take the baton...of responsibility and make a committment to work non-stop for the glory of Israel."