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Germany renews contract to finance ongoing archival project with Yad Vashem

More than 4 million documents already received

29 May 2003

Sunday, 1 June, German Ambassador Rudolph Dressler will renew the contract between Germany and Yad Vashem for funding for an ongoing project to research and microfilm archival documents from Germany for Yad Vashem’s archives.

Speakers at the occasion include: Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Avner Shalev, German Ambassador HE Rudolph Dressler, Former President of the German Bundestag and current President of the German Friends’ Society for Yad Vashem, Prof. Rita Suessmuth, and Director of the Yad Vashem Archives, Dr. Yaacov Lozowick. Chief Yad Vashem Historian, Prof. Dan Michman will lead the session. Since the beginning of the project in 1999, Yad Vashem has received over 4 million pages of documents. This number is expected to more than double by the end of the project, adding more than 10 million documents to Yad Vashem’s current collection of over 60 million documents.

The project is being carried out by Yad Vashem’s archive researchers in cooperation with researchers at the Institute of Contemporary History in Munich.

Photographers and journalists are invited to cover the event - Sunday, June 1 at 14:00 at Yad Vashem in the lecture hall of the International Institute of Holocaust Research (Administrative Building, Floor 2)