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Marking Ten Years of Educational Cooperation between Yad Vashem and Hungary: Agreement on Bilateral Cooperation in Education and Names Recovery between Yad Vashem and the Hungarian Education Ministry

Agreement to be Signed during Visit of Hungarian Education and Culture Minister to Yad Vashem Tomorrow

14 January 2007

Hungarian Minister of Education and Culture Dr. Istvan Hiller will visit Yad Vashem tomorrow, January 15, 2007. Joseph (Tommy) Lapid, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, and Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, will greet him.

During the course of his visit, the Minister will tour the Holocaust History Museum, lay a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance, and meet with senior staff at the International School for Holocaust Studies, who will brief the Minister on cooperation between the School and the Hungarian Ministry of Education. At the conclusion of the visit, an agreement of cooperation between the Hungarian Education Ministry and Yad Vashem will be signed.

The agreement outlines plans for continued cooperation between Yad Vashem and Hungary in planning and holding seminars for Hungarian educators in Israel and in Budapest, run by members of the Schools European Department, The ICHEIC Program for Holocaust Education in Europe, as well as a special conference in Hungary for graduates of previous seminars for Hungarian educators held at Yad Vashem over the past decade. The agreement also includes plans for a campaign to recover names of Hungarian Jews murdered in the Holocaust, through the collection of Pages of Testimony.

Following are press arrangements for the visit:

9:00 Arrival

9:10 Tour of the Holocaust History Museum - CLOSED to Cameras

10:10 Hall of Names, Holocaust History Museum - PHOTO-OP OPEN

10:15: An Arduous Road: Samuel Bak - 60 Years of Creativity - OPEN

11:00 Wreath-laying ceremony, Hall of Remembrance - OPEN

11:20 Meeting and signing of Agreement, International School for Holocaust Studies - OPEN