President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Wednesday 16 October / 17 Tishrei, met with a delegation of veterans and Righteous Among the Nations from Poland, headed by Acting Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression Jan Józef Kasprzyk, Secretary of State at the Ministry of the Interior and Administration Krzysztof Kozłowski and Ambassador of Poland to Israel Marek Magierowski. The meeting was held at Beit HaNasi in Jerusalem.
The president responded, saying “the fascism of the Holocaust era destroyed everything good in Europe, but we must allow the historians to tell that story. When we say ‘never again’, we are not speaking to ourselves: we know what to do to ensure the horrors of the past do not return. We built a country, we have a strong army, we are able to take care of ourselves. But the world must understand that anti-Semitism and neo-Fascism are genuine threats to us all. It is our duty to learn and to teach the next generations so that it never happens again. It was a president of Poland who said 20 years ago that things happened in Poland that should never have happened. Since then, we have been building our relations.”