German Chancellor Scholz visits Vad Vashem with PM: ‘We will never forget the millionfold suffering’

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial hall of remembrance, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) and chairman of Yad Vashem Dani Dayan (R), on March 2, 2022. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial hall of remembrance, with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (C) and chairman of Yad Vashem Dani Dayan (R), on March 2, 2022. (Kobi Gideon / GPO)

In German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s first stop in Israel after arriving late last night, he and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visit Yad Vashem this morning.

Of the visit, Bennett said: “The first stop on your visit to Israel, your first as chancellor of Germany, is also the most important. The Holocaust, the systematic annihilation of Jews, is the wound that forms the basis of ties between Germany and Israel. From this wound we have built significant and steadfast relations.

“Mr. Chancellor, even today, 80 years after the war, there is no Jew who does not carry within him the memory of his six million brothers and sisters – men, women and children – who perished in the camps. Even today, in a strong and prosperous state, a state of warmth and happiness, in each one of us, even several generations later, there is deep sadness that does not disappear.

“Mr. Chancellor, I would like to thank you for your visit here and for your commitment to the memory of the Holocaust and to the Jewish people.”

A senior historian at Yad Vashem led the pair’s tour at the Holocaust History Center. In addition, Bennett and Scholz visited the Hall of Remembrance, an official memorial service, and the Children’s Museum.

“The crime against humanity that is the Shoah granted humanity a glimpse into the abyss. The mass murder against Jews was instigated by Germany. It was planned and executed by Germans. From this arises an everlasting responsibility of every German government for the safety of the State of Israel and the protection of Jewish life. We will never forget the millionfold suffering and the victims!” Scholz writes in his guestbook entry at Yad Vashem.

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