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“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

Keynote speech before UN General Assembly

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

Opening of Exhibition Shoah-How was it Humanly Possible?

 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 the 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 event was 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.


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