20 January 2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mrs. Laureen Harper, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mrs. Sara Netanyahu will visit Yad Vashem tomorrow, January 21, 2014. They will visit the Holocaust History Museum, participate in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visit the Children’s Memorial and sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book.
They will be guided by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev, and accompanied by Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, and Canadian Holocaust survivor Joe Gottdenker. Mr. Gottdenker was born in Poland during the Holocaust, and survived thanks to Righteous Among the Nations Petrnolo and Wladyslaw Ziolo who sheltered him until he was able to be reunited with his parents after the end of the war. The family immigrated to the United States and then Toronto, Canada where Mr. Gottdenker has lived ever since.
Media arrangements for the visit:
Holocaust History Museum, Hall of Names: POOL photo-op
Hall of Remembrance: OPEN coverage, with valid GPO card
Signing of the Yad Vashem Guest Book: POOL
Accredited media who would like to attend the memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, must register with the media relations department: firstname.lastname@example.org, and arrive with a valid GPO card at Yad Vashem by 13:00 for security checks.
POOL: AFP Stills
The Holocaust History Museum, Hall of Remembrance and Children’s Memorial will be closed to the public on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.