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31.1.2010. 10:18
Govor Šimona Peresa u njemačkom Bundestagu

Address by the President of the State of Israel
H.E. Shimon Peres at the German Bundestag
January 27, 2010

I stand here before you, as the President of the State of Israel, the home of the Jewish People. While my heart is breaking at the memory of the atrocious past – my eyes envision a common future for a world that is young, a world free of all hatred.A world in which the words "war" and "anti-Semitism" will be dead words.

Distinguished gathering,

In the Jewish tradition that accompanies us for thousands of years, there exists a prayer in Aramaic recited when mourning the dead, in memory of fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters.

The mothers, whose infants were torn from their arms, and the fathers, who watched in horror as their children were pushed into the gas chambers and their children go up in the smoke of the crematoriums, did not have the time
to recite nor to listen to this ancient prayer

On this occasion, ladies and gentlemen, I wish to recite this prayer, here and now, in the name of the Jewish people, in memory of, and in honor of, the six million Jews who turned to ashes:

"Exalted and hallowed be His great Name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingship, bring forth His redemption and hasten the coming of His Messiah in your lifetime and in
your days and in the lifetime of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon, and say, Amen."

And the prayer ends with the words which became a symbol in the State of Israel, a dream in the Jewish world:
"He, who makes peace in His Heights, may He, in his compassion, make peace upon us, and upon all Israel. And they responded: Amen."

My Friends, the leaders of the German people and its representatives, In the State of Israel, and across the world, survivors of the Holocaust are gradually departing from the world of the living. Their numbers are daily

And at the same time, men and women, who took part in the most odious activity on earth – that of genocide – still live on German and European soil, and in other parts of the world.

My request of you is: Please do everything to bring them to justice. This is not revenge in our eyes. This is an educational lesson. This is an hour of grace for the young generation, wherever they may be. That they may
remember, and never forget, that they should know what took place, and that they never, absolutely never, have the slightest doubt in their minds that there is another option, other than peace, reconciliation and love.

Today, the International Remembrance Day for the victims of the Holocaust is the day on which the sun shone for the first time sixty-five years ago, after six evil years, its rays revealing the full extent of the destruction of my people.

A Jew, even when unable to defend himself, will still sanctify God's name, and fulfill the commandments.
To prevent another holocaust, we must educate our children to respect human life and to promote relations between peoples based on peace. Respect individual cultures and universal values, turn every time anew to
the Ten Commandments.
Unlock scientific secrets with lit torches, microscopes and telescopes, to advance into the realm of new remedies for human beings and their souls.Food for the hungry, water for the thirsty, air to breathe. Knowledge for humankind.


Holocaust survivors were already serving in the IDF,
and some of them fell in the line of duty.
The small Israel, while it was still licking its wounds, immediately opened its gates to the remnants of the Holocaust survivors and the multitude of
Jewish refugees from Arab countries. All other gates were closed to them.


Distinguished gathering, We remember that as we were still bleeding from our wounds, help came from an unexpected quarter, from the new Germany.
Two leaders, prominent in the annals of history, stretched their hands out one to the other, from the two sides of the abyss:Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, the father of the Democratic Federation of Germany, and David Ben-Gurion, the founding father and first prime minister
of the State of Israel.


Tikkun Olam – putting the world aright.

The bridge built across the ravine was built by painful hands and shoulders that were carrying the burden of memory. It rested on strong moralfoundations.
We built a living memorial for our brothers and sisters. With ploughshares that turned the arid desert into thriving orchards.With laboratories that generated new life. With defense forces able to defend our survival. On the pillars of an uncompromising democracy.

We believed, and continue to believe, that the new Germany will be doing whatever needs to be done to ensure that the Jewish state will never again
have to fight for its survival alone.That murderous and condescending dictatorships will never again raise their
heads, in our era.

David Ben-Gurion, who predicted a different Germany, was right. Thank you.

From Konrad Adenauer, who found a common language with David Ben-Gurion, and Willy Brandt, who kneeled in memory of the Warsaw Ghetto heroes, and you,
Members of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat, from Helmut Schmidt and Helmut Kohl, and other leaders, you strengthened the foundations and ties of friendship.
And institutions, financial organizations, cultural centers,intellectuals and doers, who contributed to the enrichment of these unique relations.

You, President Horst K?hler, you declared at the Knesset in Jerusalem that "the responsibility for the Holocaust is part of the German identity." We very much appreciate this. And you, Madam Chancellor, Angela Merkel, you have conquered the hearts of our nation with your sincerity and your warmth. You said to the American Senate and House of Representatives that "an attack on Israel will equate an attack on Germany." We shall not forget this.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,
Close to sixty years have passed since the founding of the State of Israel. We have withstood the test of nine wars.
We reached two peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan.
We gave back that which fell into our hands in the wars to the countries with whom we made peace.

parallel tracks:

The moral track, encapsulated in the Ten Commandments. The document which was written some three thousand years ago, has not required any change and has become the basis of western culture.

And the scientific track, which unravels hidden secrets and breaks genetic codes, concealed in the past from the eyes of men and which, unraveled, change our lives.

Israel is a Jewish and democratic state. In it some million and a half Arab citizens live with equal rights. We shall not allow discrimination against anyone on account of their nationality or faith.

Our national ambition is distinct and clear, to make peace with our neighbors.

We want to learn from the Europeans, who unshackled Europe from a thousand years of war, and bitterness and enabled Europe's young to substitute the hostility of their forefathers by brotherhood.

Distinguished gathering,

I stand here before you as a man who believes that it is in your power, and in our power, to contribute to the creation of a new history. Threats on Israel will not divert its heart from peace. I believe that peace is attainable.

I stand here before you as the son of a people that aspires to contribute in every way they can to attain a world which is enlightened and lucid, where
men will act as human beings to human beings.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day of communion and reflection.An hour of education and hope.
I started with Kaddish and will end with the Hatikva:

"In the Jewish heart, a Jewish spirit still sings,
And the eyes look east, toward Zion,
Our hope is not lost, our hope of two thousand years,
To be a free nation in our land, In the land of Zion and Jerusalem."

Permit us, allow yourselves, to dream and realize the dreams.

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