In a recent interview with The Jerusalem Times, Israeli Holocaust survivor Ariel Yatom talked about how Israel had been hiding its history of genocide from the world and how his children had been taught to avoid visiting the site.
Yatom told The Jerusalem Report that he was told in the 1990s that his children were not allowed to visit the site, but in 2010, when the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center began opening, his children could.
Yatman was born in the 1940s and grew up in a ghetto in the village of Tulkarem, near Hebron.
When his parents were killed by the Nazis during World War II, Yatom says, he was just 6 years old.
He remembers his father being beaten by the guards and that his mother was sent to a concentration camp in occupied France.
“My father was forced to join the Red Army, where he served for about two years, and was captured, and then deported to a labor camp in Belgium,” Yatom said.
“My mother was taken to a military camp in Romania and then died there.
She died after five months in a labor farm.”
In 1942, when Yatom was 7 years old, the Nazis invaded the village, killing his parents and burying them in the nearby cemetery.
Yatom and his brothers were sent to the same camp.
He says his mother’s relatives were shot in the head and her body was found a few months later.
Yehuda was 14 years old when he and his siblings were sent as refugees to the concentration camps in Romania.
“We were separated by a fence.
We lived in the same house,” Yehuda said.
He says his family was deported to concentration camps where they were separated for months at a time, including one time, when he says he was sent on a long journey with his mother and sister to the camp in Poland.
“We were sent into a camp and they had two rows of cattle, so I went in first and then the second row,” Yechum recalled.
“When I saw them, they said: ‘Where is the first row?
There are three cows.’
My mother said: [I was] supposed to be there.
I went there, and I saw three cattle and the first one was missing.”
Yehum’s father was shot and killed by SS soldiers at a checkpoint near Krakow, Poland, while Yechums mother was forced into a concentration camps.
“They brought us to Poland and then we went to the gas chambers,” he said.
“When we came back to Israel, we saw that we were in a gas chamber, and my mother was burned alive,” he added.
Yechum says he spent the next three years in the concentration camp of Lublin, where his family says he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Yechumi, Yechut, and Yechuwa were all deported to Auschwitz.
Yeshuwa was killed in Auschwitz when he was 5 years old and Yeshum was sent as a refugee to the SS in France, where Yeshuwawa was tortured by guards and eventually killed.
Yeko was 10 years old at the time of the Holocaust when he, his family, and other children were sent from their village in the Galilee to the Nazi death camp at Sobibor.
Yesho and his sister, Yemi, were sent on an eight-month journey.
“I was in the camp for five months,” Yeshot said.
“[I was told] that I was to come back and then it was my turn to go.
But I was in my cell and the guard came in and asked me: ‘Do you want to go home?’
I said no, because I knew they would kill me.
I was taken out and my sister was thrown in the pit of the pit.
I said: You have to die.
But the guard did not give any explanation, so she died of the disease.
The next day, they burned my body and buried me in a field.”
Yeshot, Yemi, and their siblings were all sent to Auschwitz when Yeshom was 12 years old in 1944.
“I was there for about six months,” he explained.
“There were five girls, and two boys.
My mother, sisters, and me were killed and they took my mother’s body.
I remember the girls screaming: ‘I can’t breathe.’
I remember how they took me out of the cell and put me on the gas chamber.
They burned me with a torch.
My father died, and his mother died when they were burning her.”
Yemi was killed on July 31, 1945, when she was 13 years old by the SS at the Auschwitz concentration camp.
“After my mother died, my mother told my sister: ‘Don’t tell anyone I’m dead.
You have not been killed, but your body will be burnt.’
My sister said: I will not tell anyone about this. I am