Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter No. 8, August 2008

What’s New | Spotlight on the Web | Names Recovery | Recent Events | With Your Support  | Yad Vashem Magazine  | Support Us

Dear Friend,

Yad Vashem is pleased to offer you a glimpse of some of the various educational and commemorative activities that took place during the summer months.

What’s New
Educators Conference Draws Unprecedented Attendance

More than 700 educators from across the globe came to Yad Vashem at the beginning of July to attend a unique international conference entitled “Teaching the Shoah: Fighting Racism and Prejudice.” Participants from 52 countries as varied as Rwanda, Poland, Germany, Turkey, China, Brazil, Panama, Ukraine, Serbia and the United States attended the conference, the largest of its kind in Israel. The three-day conference also served as a forum for dialogue among educators dealing with the challenges of Holocaust education in countries with large multi-ethnic populations. The conference, supported through the generosity of the Adelson Family Foundation, the Asper Foundation and the Alfred Freiherr von Oppenheim Foundation addressed three main subjects: racism and antisemitism in the 19th and 20th centuries; Holocaust education in a multi-cultural classroom; and the legacy of the survivors in Israel’s 60th year.

Spotlight on the Web

This Month in Holocaust History

A new feature on the Yad Vashem website is “This Month in Holocaust History”. Consisting of a monthly exhibition of 16 historical pictures from the recently launched Online Photo Archive, the photographs reflect the wealth of material available in the Archive. The pictures offer an historical snapshot of events and daily life from the current month during the years of the Holocaust. Expanded captions and their historical context accompany many of the photographs.

Names Recovery

Recovering the Names of Shoah Victims

Names Recovery

New on our website! Review the listings of upcoming events and seminars taking place in Israel and abroad. Click here for information in English. For information in Hebrew click here.
If you are in Israel and would like help filling out Pages of Testimony (POTs), volunteers are available to assist you.

To join our worldwide network of volunteers please contact names.proj@yadvashem.org.il with the subject header "want to volunteer". Tell us where you live and let us know any ideas you have for implementing a program in your community. Visit our Community Outreach Guide, now available in Hebrew, Russian and English, for tips and ideas on how to launch a Names Recovery Campaign in your area.

Recent Events

VIP Visits at YVS

During June and July a varied group of world figures toured the Holocaust History Museum and held memorial ceremonies in the Hall of Remembrance. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, accompanied by his wife Carla Bruni Sarkozy, signed the Yad Vashem guest book at the conclusion of his visit: “To forget is a crime, to remember a duty.” UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, US Senator Barack Obama, and New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine were among the other recent visits by dignitaries.

News Highlights
Stay informed with these articles of interest recently in the press.
Yad Vashem Concerned by Atmosphere of Antisemitism and Holocaust Revision in Lithuania

Digitizing the Holocaust-Keeping the Stories Alive

Marking 66 Years Since the Murder of Janusz Korczak and the Children
Understanding the Historical Context of the Hillel Kook and Bergson Group

Professor Yehuda Bauer on Keeping the Story of Hillel Kook in Context

With Your Support...

While the successful activities and programs detailed above are notable, and merit celebration, the fact remains that Yad Vashem requires additional support to ensure that it can continue to pursue its important mission of commemoration and education. Now, we need you to join us in our efforts to transform commemoration into a lasting commitment to the Jewish people, to moral values and to responsible action.

Breaking New Ground: New International Seminars Wing

Yad Vashem is grateful to its Benefactors, Joe Gottdenker (Canada), the Edmond J. Safra Foundation (Switzerland), Rose Landschaft (Germany), and Jane and Isaac Ladelsky (Mexico), whose support has enabled it to commence construction on an extension to the International School for Holocaust Studies. The new International Seminars Wing will elevate the physical facilities of the School to match the professional, pedagogic and methodological standards developed over the last decade. Please contact us for more information regarding remaining gift opportunities for this important development, which will be inaugurated in 2010.

Yad Vashem welcomes the ongoing partnership and visits from its friends and supporters:

►  United States of America
►  Canada
►  France & Belgium
►  Germany, Austria & Liechtenstein
►  Spain, Portugal & Latin America
►  Scandinavia
►  Ukraine
►  United Kingdom
Christian Friends of Yad Vashem

For more information on Friends of Yad Vashem please click here


Yad Vashem Quarterly Magazine

Plans for the new International Seminars Wing at the International School for Holocaust Studies, pioneering research on antisemitism in North Africa preceding WWII, and up-to-date information and insights from recently acquired ITS documents round out the latest edition of Yad Vashem’s Jerusalem Magazine. Information about educational projects, survivors who volunteer in the Names Recovery Project, book reviews, and events round out the issue. Click here to see the complete articles.

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