Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter, May 2007

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

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What’s New
New Exhibition at Yad Vashem - Spots of Light:
To Be a Woman in the Holocaust
Honorary Citizenship bestowed on Belgian Woman
New Exhibition at Yad Vashem

From a uniquely feminine perspective, the exhibit explores such issues as love, motherhood, faith, food, creativity, friendship and more, in a time when civilization was undermined and humanity brought to the abyss.  Now showing  in the Yad Vashem Exhibitions Pavilion, through February 2008.  Read about it here

Honorary Citizenship bestowed on Belgian Woman

In a moving ceremony at Yad Vashem, Andrée Geulen-Herscovici received honorary Israeli citizenship. Andrée rescued some 300 Jewish children during WWII, moving them to Christian families and monasteries. In secret, she also kept a record of the original names and assumed identities of hundreds of the children in hiding, many of whom never saw their parents again. Upon liberation, Geulen kept busy, working in a reverse direction -  collecting the children and returning them to their families.


Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day Ceremony Now Online

The central theme for this year’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day was Bearing Witness. More than 17,000 people visited Yad Vashem over the 24-hour period of  Remembrance Day, attending official ceremonies, visiting the museums, viewing outdoor monuments, and attending artistic performances. Filmed live, the ceremony can be viewed in full online.

Names Recovery

Names Recovery

Yad Vashem continues its mission to recover names of victims of the Holocaust. More than 3.1 million names have been digitized to date, but millions more remain unknown. Pages of Testimony in memory of victims of the Shoah may be submitted or a search conducted online at the Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names, accessible in Hebrew, English and Russian. Join our global network of volunteers and visit our Community Outreach Guide for ideas on how to get started.

Spotlight on the Web

Online Exhibition

Witness to the Holocaust--The Oneg Shabbat Archives. In the Warsaw Ghetto, Emanuel Ringelblum, a young historian, gathered together his friends and colleagues to document the horrific events they were witnessing. Via an historical archive of letters, diaries and literary works, the Oneg Shabbat group left a clear testimony for generations to come. See video testimony, film clips, and the entire documentary film: Oneg Shabbat: Emanuel Ringelblum’s Underground Archive in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Upcoming Events

The International Seminar, Teaching the Shoah and Anitsemitism, July 1, 2007-July 19, 2007. This unique conference, where English-speaking educators from around the world have an opportunity to study intensively at the International School for Holocaust Studies, allows participants to take full advantage of the museum, library, archives, and other resources available at Yad Vashem. Seminar for Jewish Educators from North America, Learning to Make a Difference:  Teaching Anti-Semitism, the Shoah and Contemporary Israel, July 22-Aug. 9, 2007. Twenty-nine participants from five different countries will be attending. Spanish Seminar for Jewish Educators will gather together 34 instructors from eight different South American countries, July 4-17, 2007. For more information and to register, click here.

With your Support...

Yad Vashem welcomes into its family of Benefactors:
Ed & Fran Sonshine
of Canada, who were honored as Benefactors on May 4th during their Toronto Prime Minister Mission visit to Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem welcomes into its family of Builders:
Marcos and Vivian Metta of Mexico, whose donation to the International School for Holocaust Studies was in honor of their parents Carlos and Teresa Metta and Salomon z"l and Fortuna Saade.

Steve Morelle and his son Philip of England, who were presented the key to Yad Vashem in tribute to their donation to the museum.

Jacobo and Raquel Szkolnik of Venezuela, whose donation supports the new Holocaust History Museum.

Yad Vashem Quarterly Magazine

Yad Vashem Quarterly Magazine - Vol. 45

The Spring 2007 edition includes detailed information about the collection and use of testimonies at Yad Vashem. As the foremost authority on the Holocaust, Yad Vashem has spent over fifty years gathering first hand testimonies from the men, women and children who experienced the events. The collection, preservation and dissemination of those testimonies are among Yad Vashem's most important initiatives. You can also read the biographies of the torchlighters from the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day Ceremony. Each has his or her own inspirational story of heroism and survival that is not to be forgotten. To read the magazine online, Click here.


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