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German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert at Yad Vashem Tomorrow

Ministers from both Governments to Accompany the Visit

16 March 2008

German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel accompanied by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and eight Ministers from each government will visit Yad Vashem on Monday, March 17, 2008. A memorial ceremony, with the participation of the Chancellor and the Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, will take place in the Hall of Remembrance. Following the ceremony, the Chancellor will visit the Childrens Memorial, sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book, and offer a short statement. The Chancellor last visited Yad Vashem in January 2006, when she had an extended tour of the Holocaust History Museum.

Following are media arrangement for the visit:

9:15: Memorial Ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance - OPEN

9:30: Childrens Memorial -- CLOSED

9:35: Signing of the Guest Book, Exit from the Childrens Memorial - POOL for Stills and TV; OPEN for print journalists

POOL at Signing of Guest Book

Foreign Press Stills: Getty

Foreign Press TV: ARD

Israel Press Stills: Yediot Achronot

Israel TV: Channel 2

Media who wish to cover the Hall of Remembrance event MUST register with the Media Relations Department: 02 644 3410/1. Media should arrive at Yad Vashem between 7:45 - 8:00 on Monday morning. We cannot guarantee that media who arrive after 8:00 - even if they have registered - will be able to enter. | Only journalists with a valid GPO card will be able to enter.