YAD VASHEM - THE HOLOCAUST MARTYRS’ AND HEROES’ REMEMBRANCE AUTHORITY
“And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a “yad vashem”)... that shall not be cut off.”
(Isaiah, chapter 56, verse 5)
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953 by an act of the Israeli Knesset. Since its inception, Yad Vashem has been entrusted with documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period, preserving the memory and story of each of the six million victims, and imparting the legacy of the Holocaust for generations to come through its archives, library, school, museums and recognition of the Righteous Among the Nations. Located on Har Hazikaron, the Mount of Remembrance, in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem is a vast, sprawling complex of tree-studded walkways leading to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures, and memorials.
Yad Vashem Chairman Addresses UN
On January 28, 2015, the United Nations held an event marking the tenth
anniversary of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the
victims of the Holocaust, as well as the 70th Anniversary of the
liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, at the UN GeneralAssembly. Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem delivered the keynote
address via video, "Liberty, Life and the Legacy of the Survivors."
Among those who offered remarks were UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin; Holocaust survivorYona Laks; and other dignitaries. Grammy award winner violinist Miri
Ben-Ari also performed. Chairman Shalev's speech is available on the
Yad Vashem website.
Traveling Exhibition Opens at UN
A new Yad Vashem Traveling Exhibition,"Shoah - How Was It Humanly Possible?" openedin the UN Visitors
Lobby on January 28, 2015. United Nations Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moonand the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, delivered remarks at
opening ceremony as well as statements by RonProsor, Permanent
Representative of Israel to the United Nations, and
Leonard Wilf, Chairman of the American Society for Yad Vashem. Created
with the generous support of Cindy and Gerald Barad, the exhibition
usestexts, images and video clips to recount acomprehensive history of
the Holocaust from 1933-1945. The
eventwas held in cooperation with the American Society for Yad
Vashem and the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations. The
exhibition will remain on display at the United Nations through February2015.