Significance of  Yad Vashem

David Silberklang Yad Vashem - The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, stands as a unifying symbol for Jews all over the world, and as a global warning against antisemitism, prejudice and genocide. It represents the memory, voice and conscience of the Jewish people – strengthening their commitment to the State of Israel, Jewish continuity and the protection of basic human rights and values worldwide. The strength and significance of Yad Vashem is that it transcends national boundaries, receiving worldwide respect and support.

For more information about Yad Vashem

To search the online database of names To submit the name of a victim for our pages of testimony

To download or submit survivor registration forms To read highlights of Yad Vashem’s activities in 2016 yad-vashem-yad-vashem-annual-report-2016 (1)

London Borough of Barnet Holocaust Memorial Day

On Sunday 28th January, Simon Bentley, Chair of Yad Vashem UK Foundation spoke at the London Borough of Barnet’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Middlesex University.  He spoke about the work of Yad Vashem in the light of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day  theme, ‘The Power of Words’.  Simon spoke alongside Tim Blackman, Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University and Richard Cornelius, Leader of Barnet Council.  The ceremony was conducted by Reverend Bernard Koschland and Rabbi Mark Goldsmith.

NEW: Yad Vashem Mobile Exhibitions

Yad Vashem UK is committed to promoting Holocaust education to schools and organisations  throughout the UK. Three new exhibitions are available to rent or buy.

No Child’s Play

This exhibition opens a window into the world of children during the Shoah. Unlike other Holocaust exhibitions, it does not focus on history, statistics or descriptions of physical violence. Instead, the toys, games, artwork, diaries, and poems displayed here highlight some of the personal stories of the children, providing a glimpse into their lives during the Holocaust. After a successful exhibition in Belfast, Yad Vashem’s temporary exhibition No Child’s Play has been reproduced as a mobile exhibition and is currently on display at Basildon Towngate Theatre as part of Holocaust Memorial Day events in Basildon. Photo below. During the exhibition, Holocaust survivor Leslie Kleinman held an audience of schoolchildren rapt while talking about his experience during the Holocaust. The exhibition has been displayed around the country, in St Helens, Bootle, Cheshire and Wigan.

No Child's Play at Basildon

The ‘No Child’s Play’ travelling exhibition was also exhibited at Brentwood Library and Brentwood Theatre in Brentwood, Essex.  It was accompanied by a talk by Herman Rothman, who escaped Nazi Germany in 1939.

No Child's Play at Brentwood


BESA: A Code of Honour, Albanian Moslems who Saved Jews

This exhibition features photographs taken by the American photographer Norman Gershman and personal rescue stories of Muslim-Albanian families who saved Jews and were recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem UK Foundation Middlesex University joined together for Interfaith week to put on the moving Norman Gershmann exhibition A Code of Honour - the story of Albanian Muslims who saved Jews during the Holocaust. The launch on 13 November, at Middlesex University, was well-attended by members of  both the Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as the Albanian community. It was also on display at Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue for an interfaith evening with the local Moslem community, followed by a talk on “The importance of bringing an Interfaith dimension to Holocaust commemoration”. It has also been on display at  several libraries in Barnet, as well as Barnet and Hendon Town Halls as well as at The Forum, Southend-on-Sea.  On Holocaust Memorial Day it was moved to the Council Chamber at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council for the official commemorative ceremony.

Love thy neighbour - Simon Bentley, Chair of Yad Vahsem UK with Mehmet, from the UK Albanian Community
Simon Bentley, (left) Chair of Yad Vashem UK Foundation with Imam Mehmed Stublla of the British Albanian community photo: Anthony Deacon

British Albanians with Stephen Derby, Golders Green Jewish Community
Stephen Derby, of the Hendon interfaith group,  left, with members of the British Albanian community photo: Anthony Deacon

BESA barnet town hallBESA exhibition at Barnet Town Hall


The Holocaust and Jewish Identity

In December this new Yad Vashem Learning Resource, consisting of ten roll-up screens, funded and designed specially for the UK, was displayed at Hendon Synagogue, Raleigh Close, as part of their Winter Learning sessions, with a video link-up with an educator from Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem mobile learning Jewish Identity3
Two of the  screens from the Holocaust and Jewish Identity mobile learning resource produced by Yad Vashem UK.

If you would like to find out more about renting or buying these exhibitions, all available in a lightweight roll-up format, please contact:


Yad Vashem UK Business Breakfast 8 November 2017

Sir Eric Pickles, British Government Envoy for Post-Holocaust Issues spoke to an audience of over 100 people at a venue in central London about the commitment of the UK government to Holocaust remembrance and education and the need to combat
Holocaust denial and distortion.

Yad Vashem Breakfast 13351 Photo John Rifkin

r-l, Simon Bentley, Chair of Yad Vashem UK Foundation, Sir Eric Pickles and Ben Helgfott, Honorary President of Yad Vashem UK Foundation Photo: John Rifkin


Maccabiah UK Masters football team visit Yad Vashem, July 2017



Simon Bentley, Chairman of Yad Vashem UK Foundation with the Maccabiah Games 2017 UK Masters football team at Yad Vashem

UK Educators Seventh Annual Seminar at Yad Vashem

19-26 February 2017

Yad Vashem UK seminar Feb 20173 Holocaust teaching in the shadow of Holocaust distortion and trivialisation in the Media was just one of the outstanding sessions at a week-long seminar at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for 21 educators from Jewish organisations and schools in the UK. They were sponsored by Yad Vashem – UK Foundation to help educators face the challenges of today when teaching the Holocaust.  Other thought-provoking sessions included Faith during the Holocaust, and a characteristically enlightening lecture by Professor Yehuda Bauer, the academic adviser to Yad Vashem on The Shoah and Zionism. For the first time this annual seminar focussed on informal educators in the community. Participants came from organisations as diverse as Tribe, The Jewish Chaplaincy, JW3, The Reform movement, Massorti, Habonim Dror, JLGB, as well as from Immanuel College, JCoss, and Yavneh College. The aim of the seminar was to enable the participants to become effective Holocaust educators in the UK and give them the tools to create their own programmes. As one participant put it, “To be exposed to the sensitive approach Yad Vashem has developed for Holocaust education in the 21st century, more than exceeded my expectations and its challenging and rigorous approach was a real eye-opener, even for someone like me who has been involved in Holocaust education for many years.”    Read David Yehuda Stern’s blog about the seminar: For more information contact

Pianist of Willesden Lane  – Gala Dinner 2 February 2017

Mona Golabek, the Los Angeles-based pianist, told her mother’s story through music at a fundraising dinner organised by Yad Vashem UK Foundation. She had been taught the piano by her Austrian mother, Lisa Jura, who fled the Nazis on the Kindertransport to London at the age of 14 in 1938. Her mother’s parents were killed in Auschwitz. She recalled her mother saying “that each piece of music tells a story. She also told me about her youth in Vienna, taking a train ride, fleeing from the Nazis, making her way to a street called Willesden Lane where she grew up with other refugee children. So it became my destiny to tell the story.” The pianist performed a sell-out one-woman show based on her mother’s life, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, at the St James Theatre in London last year. Her book, The Children of Willesden Lane, is set to be developed into a feature film by the BBC. Looking to the future, Ruth Bergman, director of Hewlett Packard Labs in Israel, explained how digital techniques were revolutionising the way Holocaust memories can be preserved. Simon Bentley, chairman of Yad Vashem UK Foundation, stressed the importance of “Holocaust education in the UK to help expose and confront the current extremism and antisemitism based on anti-Zionism, both from the right and the left, by guarding the memory of both victims and survivors”. monayadvashem

John Bercow,  Speaker of the House of Commons pays historic official visit to Israel

Monday 13 February: John Bercow, the first sitting House of Commons Speaker to visit Israel and the Knesset, was welcomed to a plenary session of the Knesset by his Israeli counter-part,  Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein. In Edelstein’s welcome greeting to Bercow and members of his delegation, he said:  ”Your visit has a special and historic value. Britain and Israel share a significant joint history. Important events in the history of both countries and nations are intertwined. One of these events, which is a cornerstone of the establishment of a national home for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel, is the Balfour Declaration, the 100th anniversary of which we are currently marking.”  On a visit to Yad Vashem the next day, he reiterated the UK government’s determination to combat antisemitism. John Bercow, born to an English Jewish family from north London, is the first Jewish House of Commons Speaker in British history.  He last visited Israel in 1975, for his Barmitzvah. bercowyadvashem John Bercow at Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names