Schools throughout Israel this month will wave Israeli flags at precisely the same time as part of a special ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising during the Holocaust, Israel Hayom reported. Exactly 70 years prior, those who survived the uprising waved flags to symbolize their victory.
Israeli Education Ministry Director-General Dalit Stauber sent a letter to local municipalities and school principals explaining the significance of the effort. “We are currently at the threshold of important days for the Jewish people in the State of Israel; days that express our common story: from the Holocaust to renewal, remembrance days and Independence Day,” Stauber wrote.
“This year will mark 70 years since the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, an event that magnifies the connection between the Holocaust and the renewal of the nation in their land and country. The Warsaw Ghetto uprising represents courage, unity of destiny and the leadership inherent in the Jewish people from our outset,” Stauber added.
The synchronized flag-waving ceremonies at all Israeli schools are set for April 19 at 10 a.m., the exact time when flags were waved in the Warsaw Ghetto.
“At a time when Israeli society faces social, educational, security and ethical challenges, the values manifested in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising can serve as a model for our society today,” Stauber concluded.