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

 

Professor Elie Wiesel 1928-2016

Yad Vashem UK mourns the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Holocaust survivor Professor Elie Wiesel, Nobel Laureate, historian and Vice Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council

“He was devoted to bearing testimony to the atrocities he witnessed, and did so through his exceptional talents both as a writer and as a gifted orator.” Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev

3 July 2016

Prof. Elie Wiesel speaks at Yad Vashem Prof. Elie Wiesel speaks at Yad Vashem

Prof. Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, Nobel Laureate, historian and Vice Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, passed away yesterday at the age of 87 in the United States. Wiesel was born in Sighet, Romania and was eleven years old at the outbreak of World War II. In May 1944, Wiesel, age 15, was deported together with his family to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was selected for forced labor at Auschwitz III-Monowitz, a work subcamp, together with his father. In April 1945, Wiesel was liberated at Buchenwald concentration camp by the Allied Forces. He immigrated to the United States in 1955.

Prof. Elie Wiesel was an accomplished writer and humanitarian. His famous La Nuit (Night), based on his memoir Und di velt hot geshvign (And the World Remained Silent), became a top-selling book as well as tool for teaching the subject of the Holocaust to youth around the world. Wiesel won numerous awards and prizes including the Nobel Peace Prize. Together with his wife Marion, he founded the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity whose mission is to “combat indifference, intolerance and injustice through international dialogue and youth-focused programs that promote acceptance, understanding and equality.” (http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org/aboutus.aspx)

Over the years, Wiesel worked closely together with Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, on many projects relating to Holocaust remembrance and education. He served as Vice Chairman of Yad Vashem Council and was involved in the planning of the Holocaust History Museum that opened in 2005 and the design of Yad Vashem’s permanent exhibition “Shoah” in Block 27 at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Together with Romanian historian Jean Ancel, Wiesel also led the International Commission on the Holocaust in Romania, established by former Romanian President in 2003. “Elie Wiesel was a loyal member of the Jewish nation,” said Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev. “He dedicated his life to strengthening and ensuring the continuity of the Jewish people throughout the world. As a Holocaust survivor, he was devoted to bearing testimony to the atrocities he witnessed, and did so through his exceptional talents both as a writer and as a gifted orator. Elie believed to his dying day that the world must remember and study about the Holocaust as a unique event for the Jewish nation that has a universal message for all of humanity. Furthermore, Shalev reflected that “Wiesel’s death is a painful reminder that the generation of Holocaust survivors is dwindling each year. Yad Vashem is committed to ensuring their legacy for generations to come.”

http://www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/pressroom/pressreleases/pr_details.asp?cid=1001

 

 

 

2 February 2017 Yad Vashem UK Foundation Gala Dinner

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The bi-annual Yad Vashem UK Foundation fundraising dinner will be held on Thursday 2 February 2017, at a London venue.  A unique and memorable evening is planned, and open to all.
For details and booking email - Evelynne.garbacz@yadvashem.org.uk or call the office 0208 359 1146

 

 

 

Yad Vashem Leadership Mission Poland-Israel
6-12 July 2016

You are invited to join us on Yad Vashem’s exclusive Leadership Mission to Poland and Israel. The Mission will bring Jewish Poland to life, exploring various points of the Jewish experience from before, during, and after the Holocaust. Culminating in Israel, participants will be welcomed by the President of Israel and see Yad Vashem as never before, engaging with meaningful aspects of our far-reaching initiatives in Jerusalem and around the world.

Program Highlights
Explore distinctive sites of Holocaust commemoration and historical significance.
Experience an unforgettable Shabbat in Krakow with Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council and Holocaust survivor.
Partake in a memorable reception in Israel hosted by H.E. Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, at his official Residence.
Join Yad Vashem Chairman, Avner Shalev, as he hosts Mission participants on the Mount of Remembrance.
Meet Yad Vashem professionals and learn about Yad Vashem’s challenges today and in the future.

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For more information and to register

www.yadvashem.org/yv/en/about/friends/poland2016/register.asp

 

 

Sixth Annual Teachers Seminar at Yad Vashem – February 2016

 

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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 held last week at Yad Vashem, for 21 educators from Jewish schools and organisations in the UK. Sponsored by Yad Vashem – UK Foundation, the aim of the annual seminar is to help teachers and educators face the challenges of today when teaching the Holocaust.  Other sessions included dealing with Holocaust denial and the “new” antisemitism, as well as tools to teach the Holocaust to different age groups. The group had the opportunity to question three survivors about their experiences, one of whom became a pilot in the fledgling Israeli Air Force, and then a professor of microbiology, and one who subsequently rose to become a high ranking officer in the IDF.  For some this was the highlight of the seminar, although as one participant put it, “we were blown away by the passion and professionalism of the Yad Vashem lecturers and every session we attended will be of use to us both as educators and human beings.” For some of the participants it was a first visit to Israel as well as to Yad Vashem and despite a few misgivings about travelling to Jerusalem they were so impressed by the mix of history, culture and fun that some are already planning a return trip with their families.

For information on next year’s seminar please contact
office@yadvashem.org.uk

 

Wednesday 27 January, 2016

 

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The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root. Whilst some actively supported or facilitated state policies of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently – at best, afraid to speak out; at worst, indifferent. Bystanders enabled the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has written powerfully about the impact of bystanders:

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

http://hmd.org.uk/

At a ceremony held at Firhill School in Edinburgh on Holocaust Memorial Day, Holocaust survivor Ziggy Shipper gave a moving account of his experiences during the Holocaust.  Yad Vashem – UK Foundation’s Evelynne Garbacz described the work of Yad Vashem in Israel and its work in the UK, especially mentioning the Guardian of the Memory Project.

 

Holocaust Memorial Day Event - Sunday 31 January 2016

Eva Schloss, step-sister of Anne Frank, who survived Auschwitz with her mother, spoke movingly to author Heather Dune Macadam of her experiences during the Holocaust and how she has been able to come to terms with the tragedy of losing her father and brother. She told how she was able to move on from the horror and sadness and lead a happy and fulfilled life, while never forgetting those who were murdered. She married, raised a lovely family and has devoted her life to speaking about her years during and after the Holocaust. Her message to the packed audience was in order to be happy one must put behind the most dreadful experiences and make the most of the present.

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Eva Schloss and Heather Dune Macadam

 

 

Holocaust memorial Day Event, Kings College, London  – Monday 25 January 2016

Yad Vashem – UK Foundation together with the King’s College Jewish Society co-hosted a talk by survivor Eve Kugler to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. Eve delivered a moving account of her and her siblings’ lives growing up in 1930s Germany and France, how she eventually found refuge in the US and how she was miraculously reunited with her parents after the war. Eve played the students a beautiful poem written about her experiences, and took questions. The evening was attended by a broad cross-section of students who were fascinated to hear first-hand from a survivor and many remained behind to chat with her after the talk.

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Professor David Cesarani 1956-2015

It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Professor David Cesarani, one of the UK’s leading scholars in Jewish history and the Holocaust, who died suddenly at the age of 58. He had recently joined Yad Vashem – UK Foundation’s Advisory board, and his advice and contribution will be sorely missed. He was a founding trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. He  also served on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission and was honoured by the Queen with an OBE in 2005 for services for Shoah education and for advising the government on the creation of Holocaust Memorial Day. David Cesarani dedicated his life ’s work to enhancing the understanding of humanity’s darkest hour

Known as “a towering academic”, he wrote and edited over a dozen books including the definitive biography and history of Adolf Eichmann - After Eichmann: Collective Memory and the Holocaust since 1961, for which he won the National Jewish Book Award for History in 2006, The Final Solution: Origins and Implementation, Justice Delayed: How Britain became a refuge for Nazi war criminals, The Making of Modern Anglo-Jewry, and  The ‘Jewish Chronicle’ and Anglo-Jewry 1841-1991.

 

Wednesday 11th November 2015 

A private viewing at Tate Britain of the work of Gustav Metzger, who came to the UK from Germany in 1939, after the events of Kristallnacht, with the Child Refugee Movement. He is famous for producing politically engaging works, and he developed the concept of Auto-Destructive Art and the Art Strike.

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My Nazi Legacy at UK Jewish Film Festival

Thursday 19 November

Internationally-renowned human rights barrister Philippe Sands QC goes on a road trip with two sons of SS officers, to find out if they can admit to their fathers’ crimes. When they arrive in the Ukrainian town where Sands’ own family were killed, the three men are forced to confront history in a unique way. An intellectually-charged and deeply moving exploration of history, confrontation and family.

Philippe Sands, Niklas Frank and director David Evans will attend a Q&A after the screening on 19 November, which is
co-sponsored by Yad Vashem – UK Foundation

To book tickets, and for more information on the UKJFF SOLD OUT
http://ukjewishfilm.org/event/my-nazi-legacy-2/

 

Her Majesty the Queen visits Bergen Belsen
26 June 2015

On her first ever visit to a concentration camp, the Queen and Prince Philip visited the camp where about 50,000 people lost their lives during and immediately after the Holocaust. She was accompanied on her visit by Chief Rabbi Mirvis, honorary patron of Yad Vashem – UK Foundation, and  met survivors and British veterans who liberated the camp in 1945. The Queen and Prince Philip passed the mass graves where 20,000 people were buried by the British after liberation and Her Majesty laid a wreath at the camp memorial.

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David Cameron visits Yad Vashem March 2014

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