Several years ago, the United Nations decreed an annual international observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27. The UN selected that date because it was on Jan. 27, 1945, that Russian troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, where more than 1 million Jews were murdered by the Nazis.
This year, on Jan. 27 — 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz — Israeli President Shimon Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, delivered a stirring address to the German Parliament that recalled past horrors, while celebrating the rebirth of a Jewish state and warm relations with a different Germany.
Just by itself, Peres’ appearance as president of a Jewish state not far from where German leaders plotted the destruction of European Jewry carried more than enough symbolism to warrant recognition by major news media. As Peres observed, here he was in what was once the center of Nazi power as representative of the “State of the Jews, the State of the Survivors, the State of Israel.”
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But there was far more than symbolism in this event at the Bundestag to arouse journalistic interest.
Read More: Leo Rennert, American Thinker