ICEJ hosts repentance ceremonies at Yad Vashem
JERUSALEM, Israel — A delegation of high-ranking German and Austrian Christian leaders are in Jerusalem this week for events marking the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, where Nazi leaders decided on the “Final Solution” for the extermination of European Jewry.
“They made a public declaration that they want to stand up in their churches with their German communities to make a difference in the future, and make sure that future generations will do everything to prevent another Holocaust to take place,” ICEJ Executive Director Juergen Buehler told CBN News.
“So we as Christians have a historic responsibility, and we need to own up to it and we need to say that we don’t want to repeat [the Holocaust] ever again,” added Susanna Kokkonen, director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem.
The two-day gathering in Jerusalem culminated on Friday with a wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem’s Warsaw Ghetto Square and observances in the Hall of Remembrance to honor the Jewish victims and survivors of the Holocaust. Delegates from 32 major Christian denominations and ministries in Germany and Austria, representing millions of followers, laid wreaths at today’s event.