During his visit, the Chief of the General Staff will hold a memorial ceremony and deliver a speech in Berlin

Date: 26/10/2009, 11:04 AM    

The IDF (Zahal) Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen Gabi Ashkenazi, began his work visit in Germany this morning. He was welcomed in Germany by the German Military Honorary Guard and the sounding of the two nations’ national anthems at the German Defense Headquarters in Berlin. His colleague, commander of the Bundeswehr (German Federal Defense Force), General Wolfgang Schneiderhan, welcomed him at the ceremony.

The two Generals are currently holding a meeting. Later today, the IDF (Zahal) delegation will meet with the General Staff of the German Defense Ministry and of the Bundeswehr. This afternoon, Lt. Gen. Ashkenazi will confer with senior officials in the German Defense Ministry, including the ministry’s CEO.

Later today, the Chief of the General Staff will hold a memorial ceremony and deliver a speech at platform 17 of the Grnewald train station in Berlin. The ceremony will also include a speech by the Bundewehr Chief of the General Staff and a ‘Kadish’ memorial prayer recited by the cantor of the Berlin Jewish Community. The ceremony will end with a moment of silence and the playing of the Israeli national Anthem, Hatikvah (“The Hope”).

In addition, the Chief of the General Staff will tour the Wanssee Villa, where in 1942, the Nazi Party agreed upon the ‘Final Solution’, the plan to annihilate the Jewish People of Europe.