15 April 2004
On Sunday 18 April, 2004, the eve of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem will hold a study day for the IDF General Staff Forum with the participation of the Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon. The study day will include lectures, discussions and a tour of Yad Vashem, beginning at 07:30, and will be open to the media from 09:15.
09:15 Display of artifacts from the collections at Yad Vashem, that are manifestations of antisemitism - Mrs. Haviva Peled-Carmeli, Director of Artifact Retrieval, Museums Division
09:30 Expressions of Antisemitism and Their Reflection in the New Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem - tour of the new museum site, guided by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev
10:15 Memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance
10:20 Statement to the Press (upon exit from the Hall of Remembrance)
10:30 The Role of the Holocaust in Molding the Identity of the IDF - IDF Chief Education Officer Brig. Gen. Ilan Harari
10:45 Discussion moderated by Dr. Motti Shalem, Director of the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem: “Between Antisemitism and Anti-Israelism”, with the participation of the Hebrew University’s Prof. Shlomo Aharonson, Director of the Archives Division at Yad Vashem Dr. Yaacov Lozowick, and Deputy Director General of Information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Gideon Meir.
12:00 Concluding remarks by IDF Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Moshe Ya’alon
In advance of Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day, the IDF has purchased some 700 copies of the book These are Their Last Words - Last Letters from the Holocaust (edited by Professor Zvi Bachrach and published by Yad Vashem) and will distribute them to the senior ranks of the IDF. The book is a collection of letters written by Jews being transported to their deaths, collected from the Yad Vashem archives and other archives, as well as private sources, most of which are published for the first time in the book.