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“Yad Vashem” – a Place That Keeps the Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust


The Fifth World Holocaust Forum is being held in Jerusalem. The organization of the forum was significantly contributed by the Yad Vashem, The World Holocaust Remembrance Center.

The “Yad Vashem” Memorial Center was established in 1953 on the basis of a law passed in the Israeli Assembly, the Knesset.










Since its inception, “Yad Vashem” has been entrusted with documenting the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust, preserving the memories and testimonies of each of the six million victims and passing on the Holocaust heritage to new generations through archives, libraries, schools and museums.

The name “Yad Vashem” in the literal translation means a monument and a name is derived from the Book of Isaiah the Prophet, chapter 56, verse 5: “I will give in my house and within my walls a monument and a name better than sons and daughters”.

The Memorial Center established the school in 1993 to organize educational programs and produce educational materials for diverse target populations and educational institutions in Israel and the world.

Located on Har Hazikaron, Jerusalem Memorial Hill, “Yad Vashem” is a large complex with tree-lined paths leading to museums, exhibits, archives, monuments, sculptures and memorials.

Today’s World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem is the fifth in a row. The first was held in Krakow in 2005, and this is the first time the forum is being held in Israel.

The goal of the forum is to preserve the memory of the Holocaust. A significant contribution to the organization of the forum was also made by the “Yad Vashem” Memorial Center.




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