This week, on April 21st– we had a solemn Hebrew day of remembrance Yom HaShoah in Australia (Holocaust Remembrance Day).
The Israeli flag was lowered to half-staff, and prayers recited. Six Holocaust survivors lit the six torches that symbolize the Six Million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust under Hitler’s Final Solution.
Right: Auschwitz – The largest Nazi concentration … camp in Europe during World War II Shows Multiple train tracks leading in. More than 1,100,000 men, women, and Children lost gtheir lives here.
These are the 6 Survivors:
Israel’s *President Reuven Rivlin expressed his gratitude to the Holocaust survivors, connecting their struggle with the birth of the modern-day State of Israel, saying to them: “You who found the strength to shake off the ashes of the crematoria, and the soil drenched with tears and blood — have instructed us to select the path of life, and realize a vision. You, who have loved and laughed, who have planted an orchard, built a national home, as well as private homes. You have guided the entire nation.”
Nazis packed Jewish people like cattle into railroad cars as they shipped them to their final destination at labour and extermination camps. Those camps were part of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to kill all of the Jewish People.
Those who came to Israel from Europe were a remnant. Two-thirds of European Jewry and one-third of all world Jewry died in the Holocaust. Train tracks from all over Europe led into concentration camps like
It was the Nazis intent that no Jew survive.
Jewish people were crammed into cattle cars and shipped to these death camps where very few survived. Many were gassed immediately upon arrival and their bodies burned in ovens. Those who were healthy enough to work when they arrived were literally worked to death.
This horrible, unfathomable number—six million murdered—does not count the many Jewish children who will never be born because of this genocide.
Whole families were destroyed. Some Jewish people who came out of the Holocaust were the sole survivor of their family. They were left completely alone. Many communities were utterly erased.
May We Never Forget.
As we remember our own brave men and women that died in the fight against regimes like Hitler’s, and also those Australians that suffered the agony of war in the hope that our nation would become the great nation it is today, the suffering of not just a people but the attempted extermination of a nation.
May We Never Forget. The insanity, cruelty, deception, and diabolical acts of in human behaviour that one man could enforce upon a people who were living peaceably with the world, just because he did not like them or what they believed in. We cant forget so that we do not allow this to happen again.
LEFT: Holocaust survivor shows the Nazi identification number tattooed on his arm.
RIGHT: Auschwitz. Pays tribute to those who lost their lives and suffered in the Holocaust
The scripture below relates to the promise of God to the people of Israel. Anyone that has been to Israel lately can surely see that the Lord has been faithful to his promise for their nation.
“The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.” (Isaiah 51:3)
However … Holocaust Survivors still feel alone and are having trouble coping with age-related health problems. If you want to support for these survivors you can click on the link below to contribute.
April 25th Anzac Day
Anzac Day is traditionally considered Australia’s most important national holidays. It is a day when we remember the comradeship and alliance between the nation of Australia and our friend just across the sea, New Zealand. We also remember and celebrate those who went to war and fought for the rights and freedoms of both nations. The letters in ANZAC stand for: Australian And New Zealand Army Corps; originally named to represent the brave soldiers that stood, fought and died in the first world war. This of course changed to include those that fought in all the wars we have been involved in since then.
In 1915 Australia and New Zealand formed the New Army of Volunteer Solders. The brave forces went to the Gallipoli Peninsula to take Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, one of Germanies allies. They landed on April 25th 1915. The soldiers knew that a victory there was impossible, but none the less they fought a bloody battle for eight months at the cost of 8000 men. By the end of that year the British were finally successful in rescuing them. The ANZAC s were a legend, and known for their bravery around the world, they won the hearts of many especially their kinsmen in Australia and NZ.
April 25th was chosen in 1916 as the day that these Hero’s should be remembered, hence we had the first ANZAC day. Every year since we have held special events to express our gratitude to the knights of Gallipoli and all those Aussies and New Zealanders that have fought in wars and made the sacrifice of their own lives to uphold our freedoms at all costs, believing that their country/s were worth dying for.
Traditionally it has been Gallipoli that has had the attention of ANZAC Day, while one other important and world changing day has been largely ignored. That day was the 31st of October 1917, just 3 and ½ years after our soldiers landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Again they were fighting in Ottoman/Turkish territory. This time the prize was Beersheba; the Holy Lands and to release Jerusalem from the control of the Turkish, Ottoman Empire, a stronghold which spanned 400 years from when they captured Jerusalem in 1517.
The British armies had been engaged in battles all day desperately trying to take the territory and the town. The wells of Beersheba were vital for the survival of the desert mounted corps horses and the soldiers who had been without enough water for days. The Turks had been putting up fierce resistance and it did not look good for the Allies who without the water from the Beersheba wells would surely die in the desert. The Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade was their last strategy and last hope of capturing Beersheba and Palestine. The advantage they had was: 1/. The enemy was not expecting such a daring manoeuvre. 2/. The horses were desperate for water.
The charge began at dusk, around 7pm. They were, 800 brave, young Australian Light horse . soldiers, in the main, ranging in age from late teens to early 30’s; wearing slouch hats with emu plumes bouncing in the wind. The 800 Light Horse were charging against **4,500 Turkish/German soldiers using sophisticated artillery (included 60 Machine guns, 24 field guns and 2 bomber planes). The Aussie totally confused the enemy with their bush calls, their yelling, and the fast pace of their beloved large whaler horses. The German guns were unable to be adjusted firing distance in time to target the advancing horsemen and the gunfire was going over the top of the soldiers heads and landing in the desert dust behind them. The Australians won the battle of Beersheba losing only 31 men. They gained control of the town for the British and the Allies. Ultimately this victory led to the Ottoman Empire falling and pathed the way for the nation of Israel to have their own land and nation once again. This is probably Australia’s most daring and bravest wartime event and people don’t know about it let alone honour these brave young men for what they did. Rise Up Australia is hoping to raise awareness of this great victory, remembering the courage, bravery and determination of 800 young men and their magnificent horses in a battle that has impacted the world.
This ANZAC Day, Let us not Forget:
Australia played a major part in freeing the land of Israel from 400 years of Turkish rule. Eight hundred men and their wild Australian horses from the outback captured the water wells of Beersheba and saved the lives of the British, Australian, and NZ troops who would have otherwise died of thirst in the desert.
** Israel is a republic with a president as head of state. However, the president’s powers are largely ceremonial; the prime minister holds the executive power. … Unlike most prime ministers in parliamentary republics, the prime minister is both de jure and de facto chief executive.
** Figures change with varying literature on the subject