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 http://www.yadvashem.org
To search the online database of names http://db.yadvashem.org/names/search.html?language=en
To submit the name of a victim for our pages of testimony http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/downloads/pages_of_testimony.asp To download or submit survivor registration forms
http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/downloads/survivors_registration_forms.asp.

To read highlights of Yad Vashem’s activities in 2016
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Maccabiah UK Masters football team visit Yad Vashem, July 2017

 

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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

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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:

https://hereiswonder.com/2017/03/02/yadvashem/

For more information contact office@yadvashem.org.uk

 

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”.

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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.

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ohn Bercow at Yad Vashem’s Hall of Names