As part of Monday's "Everyone has a name" observance at the Knesset, President Shim'on Peres read the names of his relatives who were murdered in the Holocaust. Chief among them was his grandfather, Rabbi Tzvi Meltzer, who served as the rabbi of the Polish town of Wiszniew (now Vishnyeva, Belarus), where Peres grew up and about half of whose Jews were burned alive.
Peres added, "Half of the Jews of Vishnyeva emigrated to Israel. The other half - who didn't manage to emigrate - were burned alive. Our body was split in two. Our soul remains one. It pulses here in Israel as a locked up memory and an independent Jewish state that can never again be destroyed."