“We are still alive. We have a homeland. We have an independent state. We are very proud of what we have, what we have achieved in the last 75 years,” Rabbi Lau said.
Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, a Holocaust survivor, is feeling at a loss this year on Yom Hashoah. For the first time in 32 years, he is unable to participate in the March of the Living at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, due to the coronavirus. Instead, he will be joining the virtual March.
Referring to the first March of the Living, in 1988, he said, “I cannot forget even the eyes of the neighbors from Oswiecim at the time. They didn’t believe that the Jews are still alive, the Jews are still marching, full of vitality and even singing Hatikva,” Arutz 7 reported.
Rabbi Lau also has a message for anti-Semites, taken from the coronavirus, which doesn’t discriminate between one nation and another.