On Sunday 17.7.2011 a fire broke out in the Jerusalem Forest near Yad Vashem. To our great relief, Yad Vashem was not damaged, although the northern part of the Mount of Remembrance was threatened as the fire approached the museum buildings, the International School for Holocaust Studies and the Yad Vashem Archives.
Yad Vashem staff were amongst the first to defend the site from the fire, and their actions helped the extensive fire services that worked throughout the evening. Firefighting equipment, which was augmented following last December's fire in the Carmel region in the north of the country, proved its necessity, as well as the importance of equipping ourselves with additional firefighting equipment. We offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped to extinguish the fire and to distance the threat from Yad Vashem.
This danger served as an additional reminder of the importance of the conservation efforts of Yad Vashem. In recent years, a comprehensive effort has been made to digitally conserve all materials in our various collections. The digitization of the archives is financed at great expense through the assistance of donations from across the world. It is critical to increase and accelerate these efforts to preserve the various collections. We hope you will join us in supporting this effort.
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