Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority
Newsletter, November 2007 - Special Edition
Yad Vashem Receives International Recognition
Yad Vashem Receives Prince of Asturias Award for Concord
Yad Vashem Receives Prince of Asturias Award for Concord

On October 26, 2007, in an emotional ceremony in Oviedo, Spain, Yad Vashem was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord.  Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem Chairman, addressed the gathering in Hebrew before the Spanish royal family and a large crowd of dignitaries, including fellow awardees in other categories: Nobel Prize laureate Al Gore and Israeli author Amos Oz. In an extraordinarily powerful moment, the Yad Vashem Chairman, together with a delegation of survivors and Righteous Among the Nations stood hand-in-hand to the thunderous applause of a standing ovation in the Campoamor Theater. At Yad Vashem’s request, the entire audience remained standing in a full minute of silence in memory of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust. Click here for additional information.

Yad Vashem Chairman Recognized New Exhibit: Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust
Yad Vashem Receives Prince of Asturias Award for Concord

On October 25, 2007, Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev was honored in Paris with the Légion d’Honneur for his "extraordinary work on behalf of Holocaust remembrance worldwide." French President Nicolas Sarkozy personally presented Shalev with the award in a special ceremony at the Elysee Palace.  In a moving and eloquent speech Sarkozy remarked, "The Legion of Honor I present today is for you and for Yad Vashem, whose international reputation and importance is a result of your determined activity, one that is suffused with passion and inspiration." Upon being presented with the medal of the Legion of Honor, Shalev declared, "I accept this decoration with both humility and pride. It strengthens me and all the dedicated staff at Yad Vashem in our efforts to meaningfully impart the universal legacy of the Holocaust, especially to younger generations." For more information, click here.

New Exhibit: Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews during the Holocaust

A powerful exhibit by American Photographer Norman Gershman, BESA: A Code of Honor - Muslim Albanians Who Rescued Jews During the Holocaust, recently opened in the foyer of the Yad Vashem Auditorium. Besa, literally “to keep the promise” is the highest ethical standard in Albania, where providing assistance to others in need is a matter of course, where protecting your “guests” is imperative.  Albania, a country with a Muslim majority, began the war with about 200 Jews, and ended the war with hundreds more, including both locals and refugees who made their way to Albania and were hidden, cared for and protected, by Albanian families.  Sixty-three Albanians have been recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.  The piercing photographs by Gershman touch the viewer in a personal and intense manner speaking clearly of the sincere and honest approach to life of the Righteous and their families.  The exhibit will be on display in Yad Vashem through December 31. It will then travel to United Nations Headquarters in New York to be shown on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, 2008. Click here to learn more.

Upcoming Conference

Teaching the Shoah - Fighting Racism and Prejudice

Teaching the Shoah - Fighting Racism and Prejudice

The website for the 2008 International Conference on Holocaust Education is now up and running. We invite you to check out the details and register for what we expect to be our largest gathering to date.

We look forward seeing you next July 7-10, 2008.


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