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Events marking the second annual observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2007

18 January 2007

On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution designating January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Yad Vashem will be marking the second annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day in a variety of ways:

  • Gathering of Holocaust survivors at Yad Vashems Branch in Givatayim: On January 21 at 17:00, a gathering of Holocaust survivors will be held in Beit Wolyn, Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies Branch in Givatayim, attended by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev and Yossi Sarid, author of Pepiczek the story of a Holocaust survivor. The evening will include a panel discussion and musical interludes. The event is open to the press and will be conducted in Hebrew only.

  • Special Session of the Ministry of Education at Yad Vashem: On 24 January, Yad Vashems International School for Holocaust Studies will host a special session of the Ministry of Education administration, headed by Ministry Director-General Shmuel Aboav, focusing on the Holocaust and antisemitism. Minister of Education Prof. Yuli Tamir and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev will speak at the opening of the session.

  • The Holocaust, Medicine and Medical Ethics Conference at Yad Vashems Branch in Givatayim: An international conference held by Yad Vashems International Institute for Holocaust Research in cooperation with the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion - The Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa on January 24-25 at Yad Vashem's Branch in Givatayim. Scholars from Israel, the United States and Germany will address a variety of topics, including: The Teaching of Medicine in Nazi Germany; Eugenics and Euthanasia; Nazi Medical Experiments and Dilemmas of Jewish Physicians in the Ghettos; and Medical Schools and the Teaching of Medical Ethics today. Open to the press.

  • Yad Vashems No Childs Play exhibit to be displayed in Vienna: Yad Vashems traveling No Childs Play exhibit will open at The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna International Center (VIC) Rotunda on January 26. A special version of the exhibit in German has been produced for this event, and will be on display at the UN center in Vienna from 26 January - 2 February. The exhibition tells the story of the struggle of children to hold on to life during the Holocaust.

  • Flickers of Light new online exhibit: Special online exhibit available at www.yadvashem.org, highlighting the stories of six Righteous Among the Nations who helped Jews in Auschwitz. Includes the stories of the Righteous, photos, related links and lesson plans.

  • Electronic Notes for Speakers Special website for UN to be launched at main UN event: On 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. The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) will launch an online web 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 Vashems 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 Vashems vast archives and comprehensive databases.