The first time I attended AIPAC, I heard Tommy Lapid speak. His story is beautifully documented in the book, "Memories After My Death" by Yair Lapid.
In February 1945, the Germans were in retreat. Yet, what was done to save the Hungarian Jews who were still alive? My own uncle was shot on a death march about one week before the war ended. What will we tell our children and grandchildren if Iran attacks Israel?
Joseph (Tommy) Lapid, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, said that Yad Vashem is not just about the past, but also about the present and future. On Darfur, Lapid said, "Yad Vashem cannot keep silent, and I am sure the UN won't either." Addressing the future, Lapid warned, "The leader of Iran is threatening another Holocaust. I am sure you will do your best to do what you can on this issue."
Lapid: No Yad Vashem in Our Name
The head of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, Yosef (Tommy) Lapid, spoke at the official Holocaust commemoration ceremony on Sunday evening and drew connections between the World War II era and current events. Lapid spoke of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, saying that for Ahmadinejad the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust weren’t enough, and there are still “six million too many” Jews in Israel.
Those who perished in the Holocaust are speaking to us, Lapid said, telling us “We thought this couldn’t happen, we trusted in peoples’ good will. When we woke from our illusions it was too late, don’t follow in our footsteps.” Lapid addressed the world, saying that Israel will not allow another Yad Vashem to be created in the name of Jews today. We will not take chances, he said.