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

Ministers from both Governments to Accompany the Visit

13 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, as well as Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Joseph (Tommy) Lapid, will take place in the Hall of Remembrance.

Following the ceremony, the Chancellor will visit the Children’s Memorial, sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book, and offer a short statement.

The Chancellor visited Yad Vashem in January 2006 as well, 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: Children’s Memorial -- CLOSED

9:35: Signing of the Guest Book, Exit from the Children’s Memorial - POOL

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. POOL details will be issued separately.