Daily Israel Report

Rabbi Lau To Discuss Holocaust with Cabinet

Rabbi Lau will participate in the weekly cabinet meeting to discuss International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
By Malkah Fleisher
First Publish: 1/23/2010, 9:35 PM / Last Update: 1/23/2010, 9:08 PM

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Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau will participate in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, regarding International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Rabbi Lau immigrated to Israel as an 8 year-old young boy, after surviving the Buchenwald concentration camp.  Almost all of his family was murdered in the Holocaust, except for a brother, half brother, and uncle.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day occurs every year on the 27th of January as determined by a unanimous decision of the United Nations in 2006.  It was chosen because it was on that day that the Auschwitz extermination camp was liberated by the Russian Red Army, and served as the day of memorial for Germany and Britain prior to the UN resolution. 

A memorial will be held this Wednesday at the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Poland.  Rabbi Lau will speak at the ceremony.  He will be accompanied by President Shimon Peres and the President and Prime Minister of Poland. The traditional prayers said at Jewish memorials will be said at the site. The Chief Rabbi of Poland will say Kaddish prayer at the site, and the Rabi of Lodz will say the prayer El Maleh Rahamim.