Air force Commander, Maj. Gen. Eliezer Shkedi met with holocaust survivors at the “Gil Paz” old age house in Kefar-Saba, as part of the “Flower for the Survivor” campaign, in which air force soldiers actively participate.
en Bar Noi | Translation: Nikolai Avrutov
“Flower for the Survivor” campaign, is a joint project of the education division of the IDF, Holocaust survivors Foundation, and the “Ghetto Fighters’ House”. This is its fourth consecutive year running. As part of the campaign, soldiers and officers of the IDF learn about the history of the holocaust survivors by visiting the “Ghetto Fighters’ House” museum, listening to survivor’s stories and testimonies, and attend a workshop with a social worker where the significance of the holocaust and its impact on the Israeli society is discussed. Finally, the soldiers meet with the survivors, and give each survivor a flower, and award them with a certificate of gratitude for their contribution to the building of the state of Israel.
This year, some 3,000 soldiers and officers of various ranks will meet with more than 1,500 holocaust survivors all over Israel.
“The campaign allows us to educate and never forget the holocaust, its victims, and its human and national consequences for the Jewish people. At the same time, we honour and express our gratitude to those who survived, and actively participated at the building of this country” said Brig. Gen. Eli Shermeister, the chief education officer to this year’s participants.