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NEW YAD VASHEM MUSEUM TO BE INAUGURATED MARCH 15

Special Session March 16 with Participation of World Leaders

2 March 2005

Ten years in the making, Yad Vashem’s new Holocaust History Museum will be inaugurated March 15, 2005. It will open to the public at the end of the month. The new Holocaust History Museum will replace the current Historical Museum at Yad Vashem. Four times the size of the current museum, the new museum will have two dimensions, informational and experiential. It will use many artifacts in telling the story, alongside the documentary element familiar in the current museum. It will try to tell both the macro story and the micro stories of individuals and small groups, stressing the personal story in the historical and thematic narrative.

The inaugural events will take place on March 15 - 16th 2005 at Yad Vashem under the patronage of the President of the State of Israel, Mr. Moshe Katzav and in the presence of distinguished world leaders from over 30 countries.

Following is some information to allow you to begin planning for these events; more details will follow in the coming days.

On March 15, 2005, the events will begin at 15:30 and continue until 19:30. This will include an Official Opening Ceremony, at 18:00, with the participation of President Katzav, Prime Minister Sharon and Education Minister Livnat. On March 16, 2005 a memorial ceremony will be held in the new Hall of Names at 8:30 a.m., followed by a special session at Yad Vashem, “Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future,” from 9:00 - 13:00. The session will be held with the participation of Heads of Visiting Delegations, the President of Israel, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and others.

Yad Vashem, in coordination with Jerusalem Capital Studios (JCS) will provide live TV coverage of nearly all the events. In addition, a press center will be established, where it will be possible to watch the events live, as well as access live feeds of the events. It will be possible to connect to the pool signal at Yad Vashem for TV correspondents wishing to do live stand-up. The pool signal will also be transmitted to the MCR in the JCS building. Arrangements for pool coverage, and details about the press center, feeds and access will be announced in the coming days.

More information about the new museum at Yad Vashem is available at:

http://www1.yadvashem.org/exhibitions/temp_index_exMuseum.html