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Visit of Senator Barack Obama to Yad Vashem

Senator Barack Obama studies an exhibit in the Holocaust History Museum; to his right is Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Sallai Meridor Senator Barack Obama studies an exhibit in the Holocaust History Museum; to his right is Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Sallai Meridor
Senator Obama, accompanied by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, views the Auschwitz Album in the Holocaust History Museum Senator Obama, accompanied by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, views the Auschwitz Album in the Holocaust History Museum
Senator Obama studies a photograph of the liberation of Buchenwald in the Holocaust History Museum; Senior Guide Guy Shemer is pointing at Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel who appears in the image Senator Obama studies a photograph of the liberation of Buchenwald in the Holocaust History Museum; Senior Guide Guy Shemer is pointing at Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel who appears in the image
Senator Obama and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev in the Hall of Names Senator Obama and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev in the Hall of Names
Senator Obama participating in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance Senator Obama participating in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance
Senator Obama signs the Visitors’ Book in Janusz Korzcak Square Senator Obama signs the Visitors’ Book in Janusz Korzcak Square
Senator Obama's inscription in the Visitors' Book Senator Obama's inscription in the Visitors' Book

United States Senator Barack Obama visited Yad Vashem on July 23, 2008. He was accompanied by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev.

During his tour of the Holocaust History Museum, Senator Obama was deeply moved by the photographs of the liberation of Buchenwald Concentration Camp, mentioning that his great uncle was among the American soldiers who liberated the camp. In addition to his visit in the Holocaust History Museum and the Hall of Names, Senator Obama participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, and visited the Children’s Memorial. Standing in Janusz Korzcak Square, Senator Obama wrote in the Visitors’ Book:

I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution.  At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world.  Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim “never again.”  And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.

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