Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter No. 17,  June 2010

What’s New | Spotlight on the Web | Names Recovery | Recent Events | News Highlights  | With Your Support  | Support Us

What’s New

Conference Draws Educators from 40 Countries

Exhibition Travels to Moscow

Exhibition Travels to Moscow

Some 200 decision makers, opinion shapers, and scholars in the areas of education and culture, recently participated in the 7th International Conference on Holocaust Education, “Shoah Education and Remembrance in Hindsight and in Foresight: Text and Context.” They gathered together from countries as diverse as Ireland, Mexico, Croatia and Poland, to debate and discuss numerous questions: How should international organizations grapple with Holocaust denial?  How should they respond to those who wish to diminish the Holocaust?  The recommendations drawn up at the conclusion of the conference were presented the following day to representatives of the International Task Force for Holocaust Remembrance (ITF), in Jerusalem for its plenary meeting.

Exhibition Travels to Moscow

Yad Vashem recently displayed a unique exhibition at the prestigious State Museum of Contemporary History of Russia in Moscow. “Private Tolkatchev at the Gates of Hell,” opened to a large gathering that came to view 59 original pieces of artwork. On display in Moscow for the first time ever, the drawings depict the emotionally harrowing scenes that artist Zinovii Tolkatchev, then a private in the Red Army, saw upon arriving at the Majdanek and Auschwitz extermination camps soon after they were liberated. An online version of the exhibition can be seen here.

Spotlight on the Web

New Video Lectures Offer Insights

New Video Lectures Offer Insights

A new website feature, “Insights and Perspectives from Holocaust Researchers and Historians,” offers short insightful lectures on topics of broad interest to the public.  The videos provide a  “visual learning” environment making information easily accessible in an interesting format. The lectures also appear on Yad Vashem’s Youtube Channel and Facebook Page as well. Facebook members have recently commented on this “wonderful educative tool,” asking that lectures and clips continue to be posted. 

Names Recovery

Lost Family Discovered via Yad Vashem Database

Lost Family Discovered via Yad Vashem Database

In a tale spanning across Poland, Belaraus, Israel and the US, Avner Yonai, an Israeli businessman living in California, recently connected with a lost relative after discovering Pages of Testimony submitted by his grandfather. Since 2008, Avner has volunteered for the Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project, where he meets with Holocaust survivors, and helps them fill out Pages of Testimony. While conducting a search on the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names, Avner discovered a living connection, a descendant of his great Aunt Bluma, who was brutally murdered during the Shoah.  Members of the two families recently met for an emotional reunion in Israel.

Recent Events

Dilemmas in Design: the Holocaust History Museum

Dilemmas in Design: the Holocaust History Museum

After graduating from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Dorit Kotler-Harel (1951-2007) devoted her professional life to designing museums and exhibitions. As the designer of Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum, Dorit remarked, “The great challenge inherent in structuring the design concept of the Holocaust History Museum was to present the historical details, while underscoring what people experienced during the years of the Holocaust.” A resplendent  new book by the late Kotler-Harel, Facts and Feelings, is filled with design sketches, full-page color photos and concise text that brings to life the design concept and the building of the museum itself –combining historical details and the personal experiences of individuals during the Shoah. Click here to  order this oversized album – only $51.00.

Highlights from the Newsroom

Some of the feature articles in the international press that brought worldwide coverage to Yad Vashem activities and events are highlighted here:

A conversation with Dan Michman, in Haaretz
Down to the Last Ghetto in the Jerusalem Post
Israel's Holocaust museum grapples with Holocaust diminishment on CNN
40 countries at J'lem Shoah conference in the Jerusalem Post
International conference at Yad Vashem: how to respond to Holocaust denial? In the European Jewish Press
Yad Vashem in Jerusalem Showcases Six Decades of Holocaust Survivors' Creativity in Art Knowledge News and a photo gallery of the exhibition on Daylife.com draw attention to the "Virtues of Memory" Exhibition.

With Your Support...

With Your Support...

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