28 February 2022
Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, in Jerusalem and the Paris-based Project Aladdin announced today a new partnership to raise awareness and educate the public about the Holocaust, particularly in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan and Project Aladdin President Leah Pisar signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing the importance and benefits of a closer working relationship between the two organizations, including joint programs focusing on Holocaust education in both formal and informal settings.
Leah Pisar said:
“Education is at the core of the mission of Project Aladdin, and the partnership with Yad Vashem will give us a far greater capacity to engage in teacher-training programs and seminars for academics, members of the clergy, journalists and social-media influencers. There is no better antidote to the virus of hate than the lessons of the darkest chapter in modern human history. In the era of mass disinformation and conspiracy theories, we must find the most effective ways of conveying those lessons, particularly to young people.”
Chairman Dayan remarked:
"The Holocaust – the unprecedented murder of six million Jewish men, women and children by the Nazis and their collaborators, and their drive to annihilate the entire Jewish people, their religion, culture and values – continues to be relevant to societies the world over. The messages and lessons, for Jews and non-Jews alike, must be transmitted to the next generation. As the eyewitnesses to these atrocities fade, we must redouble our efforts to inspire and pass the torch of Holocaust remembrance to youngsters. Partnerships like this one enable Yad Vashem to expand and deepen our educational activities with the Arabic-speaking world."