21 October 2021
In light of recent reports calling for the inclusion of "opposing views" of the history of the Holocaust in the classroom – the public discourse in the United States and Europe that much too frequently crassly instrumentalizes the history of the Holocaust as well as the continued proliferation of antisemitism worldwide –Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan addressed the World Jewish Congress Executive Committee yesterday on the dangers of Holocaust distortion and antisemitism.
"We continue to be deeply concerned by the proliferation of antisemitism, Holocaust denial and Holocaust distortion throughout the world. Recent trends pertaining to efforts to revise the historical narrative of the period, reflect a disregard of the historical record and are tantamount to whitewashing history. In commemoration, education and public discourse, the integrity of fact-based history must be preserved and protected. Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is resolved to redouble its commitment to disseminate the most accurate and informed narrative possible, derived from the historical record of the Holocaust, for the sake of future generations of the Jewish people, the legacy of the victims, and for humanity as a whole."
In welcoming Dayan, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder stated:
We are honored to have with us Ambassador Dani Dayan, the new chairman of the Directorate of Yad Vashem.
Yad Vashem has long been the foremost institution preserving and perpetuating the history and memory of Shoah. With antisemitism surging across the globe, the mission of Yad Vashem has become more vital than ever and it is an essential partner in the fight against hatred and Holocaust denial and distortion. The World Jewish Congress is committed to developing new and unique programs to honor the memory of history’s greatest tragedy, and we look forward to working together with Yad Vashem in doing so.