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Yad Vashem Welcomes United Nations Resolution on Holocaust Remembrance

Resolutions focus on education key to safeguarding basic human values

1 November 2005

Yad Vashem welcomes the adoption today by the United Nations General Assembly of the resolution - the first proposed by Israel - on Holocaust Remembrance. Yad Vashem regards this decision as a direct follow up to the participation of Secretary General Kofi Annan and dozens of heads of state at the inauguration of the Holocaust History Museum in March 2005.

"The United Nations, by adopting this resolution, expressed its recognition of the importance of Holocaust remembrance as well as the role that Holocaust education plays in safeguarding basic human values," said Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev.

Shalev praised the resolution for emphasizing the importance of educating about the Holocaust. “Beyond the ceremonial and symbolic significance of marking Holocaust Memorial Days, the resolution recognizes the need for supporting ongoing education about the Holocaust. With its expertise in teacher training, curricula development and activities and seminars held worldwide, Yad Vashem’s International School of Holocaust Studies stands ready to assist in developing unique educational programs designed to meet the specific needs and interests of each particular country.”

Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies is active in 22 countries in 11 languages. For more information about the activities of the International School: http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/education/index.asp.