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Opening Hours:

Sunday to Thursday: ‬09:00-17:00

Fridays and Holiday eves: ‬09:00-14:00

Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.

Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10. Babies in strollers or carriers will not be permitted to enter.

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Address by President of the State of Israel, H.E. Mr. Shimon Peres

State Opening Ceremony of Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day 2013

Dear Holocaust survivors,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Speaker of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein,
President of the Supreme Court, Justice Asher Grunis,
Chief Rabbi's, Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Rabbi Yona Metzger
Our dear friend Prime Minister Tony Blair,
Our dear friend the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, John Baird, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Directorate of Yad Vashem, Avner Shalev,
Righteous Among the Nations, Honored guests,

The Holocaust will not sink into the dark hole of history. It is here with us, burning, real.

It resonates as we step on the stones of the ghettos. It floats like a ghost in the barracks of the camps.

It cries from the prayer shawls, the hair, the shoes that we see with our own eyes. It whispers from the tears that dried before we said goodbye.

It is reflected in the photographs of the babies in their mothers' arms.

The noise of those murderous trains which have ceased stills rings in our ears. The smoke which has not faded as it drifted into the sky above.

Survivors walk among us, the Holocaust and its horrors are with them every day. Their blood flows through our veins.

Their bravery accompanies every step of our lives. There was no greater horror in the history of mankind.