The Mission of Today

Over the years, Yad Vashem has adopted a multifaceted approach to include not only commemoration and documentation but also dissemination through education, research and publications. Yad Vashem possesses the largest repository of Holocaust documentation, including a computerised database of the names of Jewish Holocaust victims. Each year, Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies hosts tens of thousands of educators and pupils from Israel and abroad at its various educational programmes. The world-renowned International Institute for Holocaust Research promotes and publishes innovative research and holds international conferences.

The Memories of Yesterday

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953 by an act of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset). Since its inception, Yad Vashem has been entrusted with documenting the history of the Jewish people in the Holocaust period, preserving the memory and story of each of the six million victims, and imparting the legacy of the Holocaust for generations to come through its archives, library, museums and recognition of the Righteous Among the Nations.