The World: Heir to the Holocaust

"It is so green that it is making me angry."

Yitzhak Rabin's comment was uncharacteristically bitter and probably undiplomatic. On the first stop of the first official visit by an Israeli Premier to West Germany, Rabin walked past neatly tended mass graves at the site of the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp near Hannover, where an estimated 30,000 Jews died during the years of Nazi terror. While his German-born wife Leah, who fled the country as a child, looked on, Rabin recited the Kaddish, the traditional Hebrew prayer for the dead. The Premier also laid a wreath of blue and white carnations —the...

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