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To me, the Holocaust is the ever-present reminder of the reasons behind and the importance of the existence of the State of Israel. When in France I asked the panel of Auschwitz survivors on how they felt things were in France, a nation with a history of anti-Semitism. The answer from Ester Sénot was the most shocking and also the most telling. She said “Things today are as bad as they were in 1941.” This simple statement is one of the most powerful and somber statements I have ever heard. To feel that the state of Jews in France is as bad as on the eve of the largest incidence of mass murder that this world has ever witnessed.

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