Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev toured Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum, including the model of the gas chambers at Auschwitz-Birkenau
After rekindling the Eternal Flame, Prime Minister Medvedev laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance
11 November 2016
The Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, H.E. Dr. Dmity Medvedev, visited Yad Vashem on 11 November 2016 as part of his official state visit to Israel. The Prime Minister was greeted by Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev and accompanied by several members of his government.
Over the past several years, Yad Vashem has worked on several joint initiatives in Russia, including a new interactive Learning Center, called "The War and the Holocaust: Thoughts on the Past and Future," which opened in January 2016 at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. In addition, this past VE Day, Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research inaugurated the Moshe Mirilashvili Center for Research on the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. The Mirilashvili Center is set to consolidate and augment previous research and educational endeavors of Yad Vashem in the field of the history of the Holocaust in the USSR.
While at Yad Vashem, Prime Minister Medvedev toured the Holocaust History Museum, rekindled the eternal flame and laid a wreath during a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.
Prime Minister Medvedev remarked during his visit to Yad Vashem that "it is very important for us to understand the nature of the devastation of the Holocaust. It is chilling to see sheer magnitude of horrors suffered by the victims of an entire nation, the Jewish people.
"The memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust - an example of the indifference and the terrible crimes of the twentieth century - should be forever etched in the history of mankind."