Ambassador Power toured the Holocaust History Museum, paying special attention to the personal stories of the victims and survivors
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14 February 2016
The US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Samantha Power, visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. David Silberklang, Senior Historian in the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance and visited the Children's Memorial.
At the memorial ceremony, Ambassador Power laid a wreath on behalf of the United States and the American people, which bore the inscription "Unto every person there is a name." "One of the extraordinary features of a visit to Yad Vashem is the way in which the individuals' names, faces, personal stories and experiences are captured, and how deep those stories cut for anyone who visits this remarkable museum," said the Ambassador, who has toured the Mount of Remembrance three times before.
"You cannot visit this place too often; you cannot spend enough time looking at the exhibits, seeing those faces, remembering what was lost, thinking about what would be today if not for the horrors of what was carried out."
At the end of the visit, Ambassador Power was presented with the Yad Vashem Album, To Bear Witness. In the Guest Book, she wrote: "...Yad Vashem - its exhibits, but above all, its soul - manages somehow to convey what was taken, all that was lost, never to be recovered, but also to inspire resolve: Never, ever forget. Never, ever again. Thank you for honoring the memory of those lost, and for inspiring those with a responsibility to do far better."