20 January 2006
Following the decision of the United Nations on 1 November 2005, countries throughout the world will mark International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust on 27 January. As a sign of solidarity with other countries marking the International Remembrance Day, the Israeli Government will hold a special Cabinet meeting at Yad Vashem on Thursday, 26 January 2006. On the same day, Yad Vashem will open a new exhibition, “Montparnasse Dèportè” in the presence of the Diplomatic Corps.
During the Cabinet meeting, members of the government will receive a report on antisemitism around the world and will discuss the renovation of the Jewish exhibition at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. The Chairman of the Directorate of Yad Vashem will participate in the Cabinet meeting and accompany government ministers on a special tour of the new Holocaust History Museum.
“Montparnasse Dèportè - The End of l’Ecole de Paris” presents the artwork and life stories of Jewish artists from Paris, most of whom were murdered in the concentration camps. Approximately 170 works are displayed in the exhibition, together with photographs and original documents. The exhibition is a tribute to more than 60 artists from l’Ecole de Paris whose lives and art were cut short by the Nazis.
Due to the special Cabinet meeting, the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem will be open between 12:00 - 20:00. Yad Vashem’s other sites will be open as usual.
Press arrangements for the Cabinet meeting will be organized by the Media Department of the Prime Minister’s Office.