What do we do?
Yad Vashem UK Foundation works to support and publicise the resources of Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.
Yad Vashem UK Foundation raises funds to help the International School for Holocaust Studies, and in particular, the educational seminars that are run in Jerusalem, attended by 300,000 people each year.
Yad Vashem UK Foundation runs an ongoing varied programme of events, to raise funds for Yad Vashem and for its educational work, and to promote Holocaust education in the UK.
Annual Teachers Seminar - For the sixth year running, we sent, and principally funded, 20 educators from Jewish schools and organisations to attend a seminar at Yad Vashem, to give them the tools to teach the Holocaust, from both the Jewish and secular perspective, at their schools and youth movements. The week-long seminar has been described as “life-changing”, “thought- provoking” and “enriching”. The aim is to deliver age-appropriate teaching methods that can be used to develop and encourage excellence in the teaching of the Holocaust in the UK.
UK Journalists Seminar at Yad Vashem - In attendance were ten journalists, including Dominic Lawson of The Daily Mail and The Sunday Times, Mary Dejevsky of The Independent and The Spectator, and Tanya Gold of The Guardian. Excellent coverage followed in the National and Jewish press – in The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Spectator, Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News.
Public Lectures on the Holocaust - by world renowned historians. Our recent guest speakers were Dr David Silberklang (Senior historian at the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem) and Tami (Hausner) Raveh, daughter of Gideon Hausner, who headed the team of Prosecutors at the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem in 1961, and Miki Goldman-Gilad, a renowned Holocaust survivor who was part of the police investigation team, and was present and very involved in the trial.
Travelling Exhibitions - Two major Yad Vashem created travelling exhibitions were brought over by Yad Vashem – UK Foundation to the UK. These were the Auschwitz Album Exhibition, at the Institute of Education and at Hasmonean High School for Girls, and the Eichmann Trial Exhibition, at the LJCC.
Guardian of the Memory Project - Guardian of the Memory is an ongoing project, which links individual Guardians to named victims of the Holocaust. Every year, we remind these Guardians to light a candle in memory of the named individual who they have actively sought to remember. Each year our list of those linking themselves with a victim of the Holocaust grows, and those who have never had their ‘yarzheit’ commemorated are now remembered .
Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah twinning – As part of the Guardian of the Memory Project, we arrange to link a Bar Mitzvah boy’s or Bat Mitzvah girl’s ceremony to a named victim of the Holocaust who would not have had their own ceremony.
The Gala Dinner – ’70 years On: Guarding the Memory in an Uncertain World’ commemorating the 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.