Members of the Kigali Genocide Memorial delegation in Yad Vashem's Hall of Names, where, to date, some 4.6 million individual Holocaust victims are commemorated
28 July 2016
Manager Gatera Honore of the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda and the Memorial's Deputy Archives Manager and Head of Data Collection Martin Niwenshutel recently led a delegation on a two-day seminar at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center. The seminar, held in cooperation with the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem, was aimed at providing the Rwandan delegates an opportunity to learn how Yad Vashem commemorates, documents, researches and educates about the Holocaust. The participants met several members of senior Yad Vashem staff, including Chairman Avner Shalev, Director of the International School for Holocaust Studies Dr. Eyal Kaminka, the International School's Pedagogical Director Shulamit Imber, and Director of the Archives Division Dr. Haim Gertner, to discuss the various documentation and educational activities conducted by Yad Vashem. They also had the opportunity to meet with Holocaust survivors, and tour Yad Vashem's Holocaust History Museum.
The connection between Yad Vashem and Rwanda began over a decade ago. In November 2005, Yad Vashem's International School hosted Rwandan intellectuals, judges, journalists and academics for an educational seminar on Holocaust remembrance and education. Since then, scholars from Yad Vashem have traveled to Rwanda in cooperation with Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, generating fruitful dialogue and offering insights that are relevant to the commemoration of their own national tragedy.