Chancellor Scholz, Prime Minister Bennett and Chairman Dani Dayan in the Hall of Names towards the end of the Holocaust History Museum
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02 March 2022
Today, 2 March 2022, Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan and Prime Minister of Israel H.E. Mr. Naftali Bennett hosted the recently elected Federal Chancellor of Germany H.E. Mr. Olaf Scholz at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center.
The Chancellor, who last visited Yad Vashem in 2018 with his predecessor Dr. Angela Merkel, toured the Holocaust History Museum, guided by Yad Vashem Senior Historian Dr. David Silberklang. He also participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, where he rekindled the Eternal Flame and laid a wreath in the memory of the six million Jewish victims of Nazi Germany and its collaborators. Finally, he visited the Children's Memorial, dedicated to the 1.5 million Jewish children murdered during the Holocaust.
The Yad Vashem Chairman thanked the Chancellor for coming to Yad Vashem, and heralded the continued support of the German state in Yad Vashem's activities, as well as Germany's key role in Holocaust remembrance, education and documentation. Chairman Dayan gave Chancellor Scholz the Yad Vashem Menorah (candelabrum) as a Token of Remembrance, and explained that “on the six-branched menorah, each branch represents a million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust." He added, “We continue to work painstakingly to collect each and every name, for this is our obligation to the victims.”
At the conclusion of the visit, the Chancellor signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book and offered official remarks in Janusz Korczak Square.
“The mass murder of the Jews was instigated by Germany," he stated. "It was planned and carried out by Germans. Consequently, every German government bears permanent responsibility for the security of the State of Israel and the protection of Jewish life.”
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett noted that “even today, eighty years after the war, there is no Jew who does not carry within him the memory of his six million brothers and sisters, men, women and children, who perished in the Holocaust.” The Prime Minister further expressed his gratitude to the Chancellor for his “commitment to the memory of the Holocaust and the Jewish people.”