Israel Gave My Grandmother Sanctuary after Holocaust, Says UK Labour Leader Ed Miliband – Peter Beaumont (Guardian-UK)
(dailyalert.org, Apr. 11, 2014)
Ed Miliband, the first Jewish leader of the Labour party, is visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories as part of a three-day visit.
At the Hebrew University in Jerusalem he talked of first visiting his grandmother in Israel as a seven-year-old and spoke of his gratitude to the country for providing a sanctuary for her.
“For me, Israel is the homeland for the Jewish people, and the reason I put it in those terms is because it is not just a theoretical idea for me, it’s my family’s experience.”
See also Ed Miliband Visits Jerusalem Memorial to Holocaust– Steven Swinford (Telegraph-UK)
Ed Miliband spoke on Thursday about how the lives of 17 of his relatives were saved during the Holocaust by the Vos family in southern Belgium, as he met the son of a woman who sheltered alongside his family members from the Nazis.
During a visit to Israel, the Labour leader spoke about the “incredible courage” of a family who sheltered his aunt, uncle and more than a dozen other relatives, and saved them from being deported to concentration camps by the Nazis.
More than 60 members of Miliband’s family were killed during the Holocaust, including his maternal grandfather.