17 April 2023
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes Remembrance Day opened this evening with the official State Opening Ceremony at Yad Vashem's Warsaw Ghetto Square attended by Israel’s President H.E. Mr. Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan, Shoshana Weis, who delivered an address on behalf of the survivors, as well as the six Holocaust survivors, who lit memorial torches during the ceremony.
Holocaust Remembrance Day continues Tuesday, 18 April 2023, with the Wreath-Laying Ceremony, which will start immediately following the siren at 10:00 in Yad Vashem's Hall of Remembrance. The ceremony will be attended by Israel's President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Knesset, President of the Supreme Court, members of the international diplomatic corps, as well as Holocaust survivor and delegations from Israel around the world.
Yad Vashem has arranged for a live broadcast of the Wreath-Laying Ceremony by Israel's Government Press Office (GPO). The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Yad Vashem's Facebook page. and last approximately 40 minutes.
Media wishing to connect to the live broadcast are asked to contact Yossi Cohen (GPO) +972-50-6205338 or directly to the control room at +972-2-6700603/6. Media that is directly connected to the broadcast room from Contact can request direct routing.
Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance:
This year, for the first time, Yad Vashem is partnering with the "Our 6 Million" organization to start a new tradition for Holocaust Remembrance Day: a memorial candle lighting ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem. The general public visiting Yad Vashem on Tuesday, 18 April 2023, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is invited to light a memorial candle bearing the identity of a Holocaust victim in the Warsaw Ghetto Square starting at 11:00 until 16:30.
Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day
18 April 2023
Entrance for Journalists to the Wreath-Laying Ceremony on Tuesday, 18 April 2023
ALL PRESS MUST PRE-REGISTER WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION AT YAD VASHEM, tel.: 02-6443412 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Journalists should arrive to Yad Vashem at 07:30.
Please note that cars will not be permitted to enter the site. Journalists and photographers can arrive via shuttle buses available for the public departing from the Mt. Herzl parking lot starting at 07:30.
PRESS ATTENDING THE CEREMONY MUST SHOW A VALID GOVERNMENT PRESS OFFICE CARD.
THERE WILL BE NO ENTRY TO THE CEREMONY AFTER 09:15.
The Wreath-Laying Ceremony on Tuesday, 18 April 2023 will take place in the Hall of Remembrance and start promptly at 10:02 immediately following the siren,
Private vehicles will not be admitted to Yad Vashem.
No Firearms Permitted.
GPO will provide live feed from the ceremony.
The Yad Vashem Campus will be accessible to the public from 11:00 via free shuttle services departing from the Mt. Herzl Parking Lot until 20:00.
Holocaust Remembrance Day Schedule18 April
10:02 Wreath-Laying Ceremony with the participation of Israel's President, Prime Minister, Speaker of the Knesset, President of the Supreme Court, representatives of survivor and fighter organizations and delegations from throughout the country—Hall of Remembrance
Admission by personal invitation only
11:00–12:45 “Unto Every Person There is a Name” Recitation of Holocaust victims’ names by members of the public—Hall of Remembrance (a similar event will take place in the Knesset in the presence of the Speaker of the Knesset)
11:00-16:30 Memorial Candle Lighting Ceremony - The public is invited to come to Yad Vashem, to light a memorial candle bearing the identity of a Holocaust victim at the Warsaw Ghetto Square.
13:00 Main memorial ceremony—Hall of Remembrance
17:30 Youth Movement Ceremony in the presence of the Director General of the Minister of Education Assaf Tsalel, CEO of Yad Vashem Brig. Gen. (res.) Tzvika Fayirizen and hundreds of participants of the various national youth movements. Holocaust survivor Yakov Strutz, born 1927 in Lutzik, Poland, will light the Memorial Torch, accompanied by youth movement members. Joy Reiger will emcee the ceremony. Israeli singer Eden Chason will perform at the ceremony along with the Youth Movement Choir under the musical direction of Moishele Yosef. The ceremony is conducted in cooperation with the Ministry of Education’s Youth and Social Administration and the Youth Movement Council — Valley of the Communities
Admission by personal invitation only