Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called upon Jewish youths visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau Thursday to be "proud that the Jewish people rose from the dead."
He termed the voices calling Israel a threat to world peace – "chutzpah."
As the video was played before the participants, 17 Allied Forces veterans sat on the stage overlooking the train tracks that led to Birkenau, and thousands of youths who sat on the tracks and on the grassy knolls between them and the old Nazi guard towers.
The most senior guest from Israel was Police Commissioner Lt. Gen. Yochanan Danino. In his speech, he mentioned former Police Commissioner David Kraus of Blessed Memory, who survived Auschwitz and went on to become commander of the Israel Police 40 years later.