Yad Vashem: Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future

As the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, Yad Vashem wants to safeguard the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953, as the world centre for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, today located in Jerusalem Yad Vashem has become a leader in Holocaust education, commemoration, research and documentation.

U.S. President (then Senator) Barack Obama with Avner Shalev in the Hall of Names 23/7/2008

U.S. President (then Senator) Barack Obama with Avner Shalev in the Hall of Names 23/7/2008

Yad Vashem’s has a 45 acre campus comprising museums, exhibitions, memorials, sculptures, gardens, and world class research and education centers. Millions each year access Yad Vashem’s vast resources in order to study, teach and commemorate the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Resource Centre provides everybody with easy access to in-depth information about the Holocaust. It has a large collection of sources from the Yad Vashem Archives, including various kinds of original Holocaust-era documentation provided in English including letters and diaries written by Jews during the Holocaust, numerous photographs and original documents. The Holocaust Resource Centre serves as a repository for the collection of the testimonies of Holocaust survivors that have been collected at Yad Vashem over the years, as well as excerpts from memoirs written by survivors after the war. The Resource Centre supports this collection of primary sources with excerpts from research studies, as well as, works of art, and historical maps and charts and a collection of artifacts from Yad Vashem’s museum collection.

English: Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, Hall of Rememb...

Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, Hall of Remembrance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today in the West we do have many who never encountered war in their midst.  The war they know is far away from their bed and is often more presented as entertainment on the news-channels.

The world has changed a lot, though we can see similar situations occurring like in the 1930ies. Under the pressure of the cultural universalism, characteristic of an open-market economy, hyperconsumerism, we also see that human lives have lost their value again and are often overshadowed by the material goods people want to have. Materialism has gained the world. The many people also looking for the green grass in Europe are seen as a hindrance. Those who have the money  are looked at in envy. Jews who seem to keep going and to have no trouble of the whole crisis are by many considered as the origin of the financial crisis.

Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev says:

Young people today regard the past not in the sense of where they have come from, but rather as a bygone series of events which are “past,” while they themselves are living “post.” This viewpoint is dangerous in that it is disjunctive rather than connective.

In the spirit of the Jewish tradition of “Vehigadeta Lebincha” (“And you will tell your children”), Yad Vashem places a heavy emphasis on educating the younger generations about the Holocaust. More than ever before, today’s youth are expressing a keen interest in their own personal history and identity. We at Yad Vashem have always believed that it is our responsibility to provide Jewish youngsters with the history of the Holocaust from a Jewish perspective. Yad Vashem is addressing this need by developing the tools needed to perpetuate the dialogue between past, present and future. Today, new technologies and display systems expand the horizons of communication. The generation of the future is immersed in a world of stimulating, high-impact media. We must relate to the visitors of the 21st century in their language.

English: children holocaust memorial at yad va...

Children holocaust memorial at yad vashem עברית: הכניסה ליד לילד ביד ושם, Original Image Name:יד לילד ביד ושם, Notes:עוזיאל שפיגל היה בנם של התורמים לאתר יד לילד. הוא נספה באושוויץ בגיל שנתיים וחצי., Location:יד ושם (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A law of Israel’s Knesset established Yad Vashem in 1953 and to commemorate that important instalment of a place to remember the worst tragedy which could come over humankind,  a commemorative coin to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum was issued by the Bank of Israel.

During a ceremony at the Jerusalem museum last Sunday night the coin was presented to Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev.

In the time where we can see the is a growing opposition to foreigners, North-African and East-European people it is important that the memory of the horrible holocaust stays imprinted in the memory of the people.

Let us hope the wish of the director of the museum comes true:

By preserving its Jewish character within the universal context, and yet maintaining an authentic voice composed of testimonies, diaries, artifacts and other documentation, Yad Vashem paves the way for a better future.




“If we wish to live and to bequeath life to our offspring,
if we believe that we are to pave the way to the future,
then we must first of all not forget.”

(Prof. Ben Zion Dinur, Yad Vashem, 1956)



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Yad Vashem World Centre for Holocaust Remembrance


Yad Vashem Hall of Names

Yad Vashem Hall of Names (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Here Their Stories Will Be Told…

The late Dr Mohamed Helmy's family refuse to accept the certificate, shown here by Irena Steinfeldt, an official at Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial

The late Dr Mohamed Helmy’s family refuse to accept the certificate, shown here by Irena Steinfeldt, an official at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial

  • Yad Vashem Lookout (arch260moshesafdie.wordpress.com)
    The museum is not only a physical storage for artifacts and exhibits but acts as a physical and emotional guide to the tragedy of the Holocaust.  He indicates that his “designs are specific to place, and culture – they are inspired by, and woven into the historic, cultural and social fabric of the site”.  Safdie has most certainly utilized place by using the view as an indication of renewal and new beginnings.
    Yad Vashem compared to Four Freedoms Park
    Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum ( Children’s Holocaust Memorial 1987, Transport Memorial 1995, and Holocaust History Museum 2005 (prism shaped building)) Yad Vashem is located on the western slope of Mt. Herzl on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem.
    Four Freedoms Park, New York, NY (Construction started in 2010; completed in 2012)
  • Holocaust Seminar – What made me want to go to Poland. (benzandersgapyearblog.wordpress.com)
    The Holocaust seminar was really an important experience for me. I know about the Holocaust and I’ve been to Yad Vashem before, but this time it was different. Maybe it was the fact that I’m living in Israel that made it more meaningful. Perhaps it was the fact that I am 18 now, and I’m much more mature and can understand it better than before.
    We left Yad Vadshem and had some free time until my next elective – Psychology of the Killer and Bystander. This elective was my favorite of the day, and I had so much fun.  We focused on Psychology experiments, such as Zimbardo’s Prison, Kitty Genovese, and Milgram’s obedience experiment. I was having such a great time because I learned all of this in AP Psychology senior year of high school, and I remembered every single topic we discussed that day.
  • Yad Vashem to teach Turkish academics about Holocaust (jta.org)
    Yad Vashem is partnering with UNESCO’s Aladdin Project to hold a Holocaust education seminar in Turkey.Some 20 academics who teach in private and public universities in Turkey will participate in the program organized by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem in cooperation with the Aladdin Project and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance at Galatasaray University in Istanbul.
  • Egyptian Family Said No to Yad Vashem (uprootedpalestinians.wordpress.com)
    The Time Of Israel reported today that an Egyptian doctor Mohamed Helmy was to receive Righteous Among the Nations honour, but relative rightly says ‘family doesn’t want anything from Israel’A member of the family of the first Arab honoured by Israel for risking his life to save Jews during the Holocaust says the family isn’t interested in the recognition.
  • A Romanian seamstress who saved Jews – and her husband – in WWII (haaretz.com)
    Elisabetha Nicopoi Strul learned of an imminent pogrom in Iasi, warned her Jewish neighbors and co-workers, and hid some of them; she married one of the Jews she saved and later immigrated to Israel with him.
  • Egyptian Family Said No to Yad Vashem (gilad.co.uk)
    “Mohamed Helmy was an Egyptian doctor who lived in Berlin and hid several Jews during the Holocaust. Last month, he was honoured by Israel’s Yad Vashem Museum as “Righteous Among the Nations”
  • Hero soldiers honoured by Yad Vashem (thejc.com)
    Yad Vashem honoured the relatives of five British PoWs this week by naming them Righteous Amongst the Nations in a ceremony at the House of Lords.Also receiving the awards, presented by Israeli envoy Daniel Taub, were the relatives of a Lithuanian and a Polish citizen.

    Lord Janner, who hosted the event, said: “I’m proud to celebrate and remember the selfless acts of these individuals. We can not forget the heinous crimes of the Holocaust.”

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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