20 Years Later the Simon Wiesenthal Center Remembers the Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin

20 Years Later - the Simon Wiesenthal Center Remembers the Life and Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin
 
Yitzhak Rabin z'l
1922 - 1995
 
 
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The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers

In 1994, Yitzhak Rabin spoke to the United States Congress together with Jordan’s King Hussein. He said, “Each year, on Memorial Day for the fallen … I go to the cemetery … in Jerusalem. Facing me are the graves… and thousands of pairs of weeping eyes. I stand there … and read in their eyes [the poem by] Archibald MacLeish.”

“They say: whether our lives and our deaths are for peace and a new hope we cannot say … it is you who must say this.” Rabin then looked at King Hussein and said, “…We have both seen too much suffering. What will you leave to your children? What will I leave my grandchildren?

I have only dreams: to build a better world — a world of understanding and harmony, a world in which it is a joy to live … This is not asking for too much.”
 


Jerusalem 1995: SWC Rabbis Meyer May, Abraham Cooper and Marvin Hier meeting with Prime Minister Rabin in his office
Los Angeles 1990: Defense Minister Rabin touring the SWC Holocaust Museum with Rabbi Hier and California Governor Pete Wilson
   
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Photos: Courtesy Simon Wiesenthal Center archives