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prisoners held in Damascus, the Israelis know who their few friends are.

On March 24, Victor Shem Tov, the Minister of Health, awards me the Medal of the Revolt of the Ghetto, saying:
"This is a particularly symbolic event. Here in Jerusalem, the capital of the State of Israel, in the presence of delegates of French Jewry, an Israeli minister decorates a young German woman to commemorate, thirty years after the end of World War II, the terrible hecatomb of European Jewry.

"This ceremony symbolizes the fact that the Jewish people will never forget, nor will non-Jewish people forget, thirty years after the end of the war, the horrors of Nazism, which, known to the younger generation only through books, might be forgotten in criminal neglect if we do not renew our memories. This event also symbolizes that in spite of evidence to the contrary, there is a universal conscience sensitized to the destiny of the Jewish people and the State of Israel.

"You, Madame Klarsfeld, are a living example of both these aspects. You have not forgotten the horrors of the past, and you are sensitive to the present condition of the Jewish people, as you have proven by going to Damascus to act on behalf of our imprisoned soldiers.

"Madame Klarsfeld, as I greet you here today, allow me to pay homage to a daughter of the German people who has been campaigning tirelessly year after year to bring Nazi criminals before man's judgment, who has unceasingly borne witness to her solidarity with the Jewish people in the whole tragedy that envelops our generation.

"Madame Klarsfeld, allow me, as I award you this Medal of Courage symbolizing the resistance of the ghettos, to thank you, now after the difficult trials we have just gone through, for having again launched a campaign for the Jewish people and ultimately for the honor of the German people."
     
   
 
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