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Yad Vashem Welcomes UN Resolution on Holocaust Denial

28 January 2007

Yad Vashem today welcomed the United Nations General Assembly resolution on Holocaust denial adopted by consensus over the weekend.

In a letter to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev said, “It is fitting that marking the second annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the international community has expressed its abhorrence of Holocaust denial of all kinds, and its intention to fight against this destructive phenomenon. In a world where Holocaust denial has gained momentum, it is essential that the United Nations’ moral voice be heard on this issue.”

Tomorrow, January 29, the United Nations will mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a ceremony in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. At the same time, the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) will launch an online resource, developed by Yad Vashem and the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education at the University of Southern California (SFI). The website will serve UN information centers staff across the globe, enabling users to enhance their understanding about this watershed event in world history. Accessible from Yad Vashem’s homepage (www.yadvashem.org), the new website features four SFI testimonies, augmented with a plethora of primary source materials, including original artifacts and photographs, authentic diary and letter extracts, encyclopedia and lexicon entries, educational resources and briefing notes from Yad Vashem’s vast archives and comprehensive databases.