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“If we wish to live and to bequeath life to our offspring, if we believe that we are to pave the way to the future, then we must first of all not forget.”

(Prof. Ben Zion Dinur, Yad Vashem, 1956)

Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, drawing on biblical sources, delivers an inspirational drasha (homily) on the importance of commemorating the Jews who were murdered during the Shoah. Rav Lau, himself a child survivor of Buchenwald, powerfully calls upon Jews across the world, to join Yad Vashem's efforts to recover the names of each individual Shoah victim by filling out Pages of Testimony in their memory and submitting them to Yad Vashem. This is a race against time. Act now before those who still remember them are gone forever. Search for information or submit names of people you know of who were murdered during the Shoah on Yad Vashem's Central Database of Shoah Victims' Names.

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2016

Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2017 will be on Monday, 24 April. The State opening ceremony will be held at Yad Vashem on Sunday, 23 April at 20:00.

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