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Biden kneels before survivors

 

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Joe Biden speaks to Holocaust survivors Giselle Cycowicz, right, and Rena Quint, left, during a ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum in Jerusalem, July 13, 2022.

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Joe Biden dispensed with both social distancing and the chair arranged for him Wednesday as he embraced two Holocaust survivors, then knelt to speak with them during his first trip to Israel as U.S. president.

"I'm very excited about the meeting and also a little scared of it," Rene Quint, 86, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency ahead of the scheduled encounter - a brief conversation that she and another survivor, Giselle Cycowicz, 95, were scheduled to have with Biden at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust museum and a regular destination for foreign heads of state.

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