The President was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Director of Yad Vashem's International Institute for Holocaust Research Dr. Iael Nidam-Orvieto
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30 October 2016
During his visit to Yad Vashem on Sunday 30 October, 2016, Italian President H.E. Mr. Sergio Mattarella toured the Holocaust History Museum, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance and visited the Children's Memorial.
At the end of his visit, the President said:
"The wound of the Holocaust remains open for all of us who respect life and cherish human values. Every victim is a loss for humanity... Yad Vashem belongs not only to Israel and the Jewish people, but to the entire world."
In the Yad Vashem Guest Book, the President wrote: "The Shoah poses a fundamental question about the absolute evil and darkness that existed, about the abyss in the heart of Europe that swallowed up millions of innocent people. [The victims] ask us not to forget... As Primo Levy wrote, 'Understanding is impossible, knowing is necessary.' We must remember, so that it will never happen again."