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28.5.2013. 9:54
Yad Vashem

Newsletter No. 29, May 2013

Holocaust Remembrance Day 2013

Israel's President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, dignitaries, diplomats and thousands of Holocaust survivors and their families gathered on the evening of April 7, 2013, in Yad Vashem's Warsaw Ghetto Square for the official ceremony for Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day.

 This year's central theme was "Defiance and rebellion during the Holocaust – Marking 70 Years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising."

Commemorative ceremonies took place on the Mount Remembrance throughout the day, including the wreath-laying ceremony in Warsaw Ghetto Square and the recitation of Holocaust victims' names by members of their families and members of the public in the Hall of Remembrance.

 Later in the afternoon, members of Israeli Zionist youth groups gathered together for a special ceremony in the Valley of the Communities.

US President Obama at Yad Vashem

US President Barack Obama visited Yad Vashem on March 22, 2013, accompanied by President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council Rabbi Israel Meir Lau.

At the conclusion of the visit, Avner Shalev presented President Obama with a token of remembrance telling the tragic story of Cantor Israel Eljasz Maroko, the Chief Cantor of Amsterdam, who is memorialized in the Hall of Names....

Clearly moved, President Obama remarked that he would "cherish this always." He also noted, "Nothing equals the wrenching power of this sacred place," he said. "If you come here a thousand times, each time our hearts will break."

Spotlight on the Web

Yad Vashem Website in German

More than 150,000 visits have been recorded on Yad Vashem's new comprehensive website in German. Among its extensive resources about the Holocaust: an in-depth historical narrative, video lectures by leading German-speaking scholars and a wealth of educational materials....... 

Online Exhibition - Voices from the Inferno

The captivating exhibition "Voices from the Inferno: Holocaust Survivors Describe the Last Months in the Warsaw Ghetto" is now online . The exhibition brings together excerpts from hours of video testimony given by the survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto and former combatants in the uprising....