18 December 2019
The Fifth World Holocaust Forum, entitled “Remembering the Holocaust, Fighting Antisemitism,” will take place at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, on 23 January 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event, to be held at Warsaw Ghetto Square on the Mount of Remembrance, will begin at 13:30.
At the invitation of the President of the State of Israel, dozens of leaders of nations from Europe, North America and Australia, including His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, who confirmed his participation earlier today, will gather at Yad Vashem for the World Holocaust Forum, organized by the World Holocaust Forum Foundation in cooperation with Yad Vashem.
The program will include speeches by select heads of state, a Holocaust survivor and the event hosts, as well as a few short video clips and musical interludes performed by an orchestra accompanied by an international choir.
The event will conclude with a memorial ceremony. The leaders of nations will commemorate victims of the Holocaust by laying wreaths at the base of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Monument in Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem. Holocaust survivors will be invited to light a memorial torch, and a cantor will recite the El Maleh Rahamim memorial prayer, concluding with Kaddish, the mourner's prayer, recited by a Holocaust survivor.
Due to security procedures for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, Yad Vashem will be closed to the public on Wednesday and Thursday, 22-23 January 2020.
The World Holocaust Forum will be broadcast live via satellite feed (worldfeed) in HD quality by "Mizmor Productions HD" to media agencies all over the world. Yad Vashem YouTube channels will stream the event complete with simultaneous translation in six languages – English, French, German, Hebrew, Russian and Spanish.
Media must be credentialed by the GPO in order to cover the World Holocaust Forum from Yad Vashem.
Media wishing to cover the event at Yad Vashem may do so from the Press Center at Yad Vashem, located in the International School for Holocaust Studies.
MEDIA INTERESTED IN COVERING THE WORLD HOLOCAUST FORUM AT THE PRESS CENTER AT YAD VASHEM MUST PRE-REGISTER.
REGISTRATION MUST BE COMPLETED BY WEDNESDAY, 15 JANUARY 2020.
On Thursday, 23 January, the Yad Vashem Press Center will be open to journalists between 07:30-20:00.
The Press Center will be fully equipped with the following:
- Live streaming of the event proceedings
- Dedicated Wi-Fi
- Background material about Yad Vashem and the World Holocaust Forum
- Holocaust survivors and Yad Vashem experts – who may be interviewed by members of the press and provide commentary about the significance of this event and its content
Please be aware that non-Yad Vashem or World Holocaust Forum Foundation experts will not be available for interviews from the Press Center at Yad Vashem.
The Press Center at Yad Vashem will be open on Wednesday, 22 January 2020 to media outlets for setup of heavy equipment, including MBUs. Any set-up MUST be arranged in advance with the Press Center coordinators.
On Thursday, 23 January 2020, press should arrive at the Mount Herzl Parking Lot for shuttle service to Yad Vashem with both valid ID and valid GPO credentials. No firearms will be permitted on the Yad Vashem premises.
That day, there will be NO access for private vehicles at Yad Vashem. There will be dedicated shuttle buses for the press, which will operate between the Mt. Herzl Parking Lot and the Press Center at Yad Vashem, located in the International School for Holocaust Studies, starting at 07:00.
- Between the hours of 07:00-10:30, dedicated press shuttles will run continuously between the Mount Herzl Parking Lot and the Press Center at Yad Vashem.
- During the actual event, taking place between 13:30-16:40, there will be limited shuttle services both in and out of Yad Vashem. Time slots for these shuttles will be announced prior to the event.