The Holocaust's Visit to Yad Vashem

"I am the Holocaust, the best thing that ever happened to you!"
Published: 2014-11-04

A far left  Israeli Actress known for staging politically provocative plays caused a stir yet again on Tuesday when she posted a controversial monologue on YouTube which she performed in front of the memorial for the Warsaw Ghetto fighters at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

A few weeks ago, the actress, Natali Cohen Vaxberg, arrived at Yad Vashem with camera crew in tow and two men appearing to be bodyguards. After security guards expelled her from the museum, Cohen Vaxberg, whose character in the monologue is known as “The Holocaust,” proceeded to launch into a profanity-laced diatribe that prompted passers-by to shout her down.

“I am the Holocaust, the best thing that ever happened to you!” she began her monologue. “After all of these years, I deserve a round of applause.”

Despite protestations by visitors to the museum, Cohen Vaxberg continued to make a number of statements that drew fire from right-wing critics.

“How could you justify 1948 and 1967 without me?” she said. “Who deserves credit for enabling you to place 3 million people in a ghetto without the superpowers bombing you? Do you think you could get on without me?

Has Frankenstein taken revenge on his creator? Where did you learn this from? The bigger you grew, the more your memory shrinks. Where did you learn to gather people into concentration camps on the basis of their ethnic background? I am your truth!”

In response to the video, Itamar Ben Gvir, an attorney known for his far-right activism, urged the attorney general to launch an investigation over “this cheapening of the Holocaust by left-wing activists.”

“Those on the left are not just sullying the six million who were murdered, but they are doing that to an entire country,” he wrote in a letter to Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein. “The time has come for the attorney general to wake up and indict [Cohen Vaxberg] for slander.”

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Author(s): Natali Cohen Vaxberg
Title: The Holocaust's Visit to Yad Vashem, "I am the Holocaust, the best thing that ever happened to you!"
Published: 2014-11-04
First posted on CODOH: Dec. 9, 2015, 7:29 a.m.
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