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UNESCO Director - General to Visit Yad Vashem Tomorrow

5 February 2008

The Director-General of UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Koichiro Matsuura, will visit Yad Vashem tomorrow, February 6, 2008.

Recently Yad Vashem cooperated with UNICEF on events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. The first International Youth Congress at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (January 27-29) took place under the patronage of UNESCO, and UNESCO’s commemoration event in Paris took place with Yad Vashem’s cooperation. A special Yad Vashem exhibit, “Auschwitz: The Depth of the Abyss” opened in the UNESCO building in Paris to mark the day. During the course of his visit tomorrow, the Director-General will discuss ways to further cooperate with Yad Vashem, particularly in the field of education, especially teacher -training.

Media arrangements for Mr. Matsuura’s visit:

12:00: Arrival, greeted by Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem: OPEN

12:00: Tour of the Holocaust History Museum: CLOSED to Cameras

12:40: Hall of Names in the Holocaust History Museum: Photo - Op: OPEN

13:00: Wreath-laying ceremony, Hall of Remembrance: OPEN

13:10: Children’s Memorial: CLOSED to Cameras

13:15: Signing of the Guest Book, Exit from the Children’s Memorial: OPEN

13:15: Presentation and Discussion with Yad Vashem Chairman and Staff of International School for Holocaust Studies