Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter No. 6, March 2008

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What’s New
President Bush Receives Replica of Biblical Illustrations from Yad Vashem

On January 11, 2008, US President George W. Bush, on a brief 48-hour trip to Israel, made time for a visit of almost two hours at Yad Vashem. Joining him were US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Israel President Shimon Peres and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Joseph (Tommy) Lapid. During his visit to Yad Vashem, the President, guided by Yad Vashem Chairman of the Directorate Avner Shalev, visited the Holocaust History Museum, the Museum of Holocaust Art, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance and visited the Children’s Memorial. View the visit live  here.

At the conclusion of his visit, Shalev presented President Bush with a special gift, a replica of biblical illustrations, the original of which is on display in the Museum of Holocaust Art. Recently Yad Vashem, with the generous support of Mikhail Bezelianski, decided to produce a special, numbered series of this special portfolio, limited to 500 copies, the first of which was presented to the President. Jewish artist Carol Deutsch created the works while in hiding in Belgium. After he was informed upon, he was deported and died in 1944 in Buchenwald, leaving behind 99 vividly colored prints in an illustrated wooden box, which he bequeathed to his daughter Ingrid. To find out about the unique gift President Bush received from Yad Vashem and how to acquire your own copy, click here.

First Ever International Youth Congress on the Holocaust

“A Life Changing-Experience,” Venezuelan Youth Delegate
Over 100 young people from 62 countries and five continents recently gathered at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies, for a three-day Youth Congress. The Congress, under the patronage of UNESCO, was devoted to the study of the Holocaust and discussions of its universal significance. Participants, ranging in age from 17 to 19, and including among them Christians, Jews, Muslims and Buddhists, and speaking some 30 different languages, studied various Holocaust-related topics, toured Yad Vashem and Jerusalem, participated in workshops, and met with Holocaust survivors. Special sessions were held with Israeli dignitaries including President Shimon Peres.

Spotlight on the Web

Yad Vashem Launches Arabic Website

On January 24, 2008, Yad Vashem launched a new website about the Holocaust in Arabic. The website includes the historical narrative of the Holocaust, concepts from the Holocaust, academic articles, artifacts, maps, photos, archival documents and an online video testimony resource center all translated into Arabic, as well as a special multimedia presentation of the Auschwitz Album, with Arabic narration, stories of Righteous Among the Nations- including Muslims from Turkey and Albania- and the movie We Were There, which documents a joint visit of Arabs and Jews to Auschwitz. The website was made possible through the generous support of Stuart and Ilene Golvin of Toronto, Canada, children of late Holocaust survivor Stanley Golvin, and may be accessed from www.yadvashem.org.

Names Recovery

Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project – International Efforts Continue

Names Recovery

Yad Vashem’s Shoah Victims’ Names Recovery Project invites you to make use of a variety of new online resources designed to enhance your outreach efforts.

Pages of Testimony Tutorial Video
We have created a 10-minute video to demonstrate how to help survivors and others from their generation to fill out Pages of Testimony and memorialize Jews they know of who perished in the Holocaust. The video presents a volunteer visiting with two women in their homes to assist them in recalling and recording the names of Shoah victims on Pages of Testimony. The video is ideal for screening at volunteer training sessions or to provide tips and insight for individuals wishing to embark on this project.

Recent Events

Yad Vashem Exhibits Around the World
Marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day

At UN Headquarters in NY, Yad Vashem’s exhibition “Besa: A Code of Honor-Muslim Albanians who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust,” by American photographer Norman Gershman, opened on January 29, at the UN Visitor’s Lobby and will remain on display until March 2, 2008. The Yad Vashem exhibition “Auschwitz: The Depth of the Abyss” opened on January 28, 2008 at the UNESCO Building in Paris, in the presence of UNECSO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura. On January 25, the Yad Vashem exhibition “An Arduous Road: Samuel Bak—60 Years of Creativity” opened at the parliament building of the District of Thuringia, in the city of Erfurt, Germany. The exhibition, a retrospective of the work of artist and Holocaust survivor Samuel Bak, opened two weeks prior at the municipal building of the city of Landsberg, Germany. Events and exhibitions also took place in Stuttgart, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Slovenia.
For more information about the other worldwide Yad Vashem events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, click here.

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.

Years Wherein We Have Seen Evil is a series of educational books, developed by the International School for Holocaust Studies, focusing on the story of religious Jewry during the Holocaust. The fourth and final volume of the series was recently published in Hebrew, with the English to follow. The series was developed with the generous donation of Rudolph and Edith Tessler in memory of the children of Shlomo and Esther Tessler and the children of David and Fradel Hoffmann.

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

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

For more information on Friends of Yad Vashem please click here


Yad Vashem Quarterly Magazine

The Winter 2008 edition of Yad Vashem’s Quarterly Magazine is now available online. The winter months were filled with international recognition and prestigious awards for Yad Vashem’s and its Chairman Avner Shalev, all highlighted in our Winter Magazine. Read about the release and arrival of the ITS (International Tracing Service) documents at Yad Vashem and how to access the information via an online request. Events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, recent Yad Vashem publications, news and exhibitions complete the issue. Read it all here.

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