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Members of the UJC Familiarization Mission to Israel Visit Ilan Ramon/Petr Ginz Exhibit

February 9, 2003

Members of the UJC Familiarization Mission visited the exhibit during a recent visit to Yad Vashem Members of the UJC Familiarization Mission visited the exhibit during a recent visit to Yad Vashem

Yad Vashem has prepared a special exhibit to honor the memory of Israeli astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon. The exhibit is located in the Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum. Prior to his flight, Ramon contacted Yad Vashem, asking to take a relic from the Holocaust with him on his shuttle mission. Yad Vashem staff searched through its extensive collections to find something personally relevant to Ramon - whose mother and grandmother survived Auschwitz. "When we came upon Petr Ginz's Moon Landscape, we knew that we had found a match", reflected Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate. "Not only was Ginz murdered in Auschwitz (at the age of 16), but his sketch reflects his vision of how the earth would look from the moon. Ginz was also a talented author who, like Ramon, demonstrated an affinity for the sciences".

More about Ilan Ramon and Petr Ginz, click here.