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3/10/12

Menachem heart failure

„Nation, that loses memory, stop to beign the Nation - it becomes only a congregation of persons that temporarly are occuping given territory."
Józef Klemens Piłsudski,
the Uncle
While I was walking on our shrine to light symbolic candle on the occassion of 20th anniversary of Menachem Begin heart failure, i was thinking of this old words that my uncle made just few years before the Holocaust. For God Chosen People, for nation of Israel, it is maybe yet not so bad, as the memory is still alive but is it well? What to say about the nation that does not remember of their own foundingh fathers? Is not such a nation just like a human that has completely forgotten letters of alphabet?

While walking and thinking i has spoted two russian soldiers talking, hidden in bush near neighboring school. When they spoted me, one has said 'Duma'; what translated means 'He is thinking'. Yes, i was thinking if they was not maybe like my grandfather colleagues Eisenhower and Kennedy. For sure they did not wanted to be NKVD machines. I passed them...


When i come to the place, to the shrine, i meet nobody there. Looking at closed gates I was thinking about this emptiness that surrounded me. In silence i had lighted my lite candle just under closed gate. You could not guess who was holding a key to it.

There was nobody, nethier from Israel, nor from Likud, that Mietek Biegun has founded. Admittedly they has sent some party's delegation but thanks God they did not arrived. They was meet by sounds of sirens. With such idea to commemorate this 20'th anniversary and with such unusual guide, i could not wonder.

We was alone. I, uncle Mietek and souls of more that 45 000 Belgian Jews exterminated by Nazi during the Shoah. Closed into emerald case. Isolated and distilled. In complete separation from the behemoth that Israel has changed. Surrounded by void and silence, was giving very sad but honest picture of the state of Israel itself. Vaguely enlightened by flame of my lite candle. 

I was not surprised. Menachem Begin was different from most of his Likud comrades. Was shielding my father when i had come on this earth, in hardest years of Soviet occupation. And while, under border line pressure, he has finally gave up his chess game with Zbigniew Brzezinski, I could understand him. The Soviet Union has realy colapsed because of this cause...

He was fundamentally different, understanding how flawed Theodore Herzl teachings was and looking for another way. He like others of my apostles was sharing different that Topaz dream. Wojtyla dream of national resurrection. Truly Tolkien's dream of Return of the King. A dream that some force has shattered so deeply...

And so nobody should be shoked that 20 years after this turning point in history, terrible truth of him and cause of his death, together with attitiude and bearing of his comrades is frozing hearths not only in Israel but all over the world. Observing and listening to our radio transmission, on next day people of Slovakia has decided to turn back to the socialist party. Will they be anyhow better? Living in socialist Belgium since almost year, I realy doubt...