Yad Vashem

Elie Wiesel Symbolized Memory

07/05/2016 - 10:28
Special To The Jewish Week

Memory was the most vital element of Elie Wiesel’s life.  That’s why such institutions as Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and Israel’s Yad Vashem were so dear to him. Especially Yad Vashem.

Elie Wiesel and wife Marion in 2014. Tim Boxer/JW

‘To Salvage The Stories Of The Rescued’

Mounting urgency at Yad Vashem to find Righteous Gentiles, aided by technology.

05/04/2016 - 09:10
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — It’s a race against the clock, and against flagging memories.

But for the historical researchers — detectives, really — at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, museum and national archive, technology is giving them a big leg up in the race to identify and vet the stories of Righteous Gentiles.

Names of Righteous Gentiles are etched into a wall at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons

Turkey Hosts Holocaust Conference

10/23/2013 - 20:00
Staff writer

As relations between Israel and Turkey continue to deteriorate, Yad Vashem is to hold a Holocaust education seminar at a university in Istanbul this week, according to the Times of Israel.

False Heroes And The Holocaust: Disputing The ‘Brava Gente’

06/30/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Every age needs its heroes, so it seems. And in post-war Italy, a low level official named Giovanni Palatucci seemed to fit the bill. But recent reports challenge Palatucci’s legacy as the “Italian Schindler” and in so doing trigger a question, Why are we so attached to uplifting Holocaust narratives?

 Alexis Herr is a doctoral candidate at the Strassler Family Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University.

A Tragic List, Of Five Million

"It defies the wishes of the Nazis that these people die without names."

Swiss Fund To Hasten Fuller List Of Victims

$4.5 million allocation to Yad Vashem puts milestone in reach; 5 million names seen as goal.
04/30/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A milestone in Holocaust history — compiling all the names possible of the Nazis’ Jewish victims — appears within reach as a result of the proposed allocation of $4.5 million from the Swiss bank settlement with Holocaust victims and survivors.

Judge Edward Korman: Overseeing distribution of $1.2 billion settlement.

Will Yad Vashem Honor A Goering?

The strange case of Hermann Goering’s ‘righteous’ brother.
04/03/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

In the Third Reich, other than Hitler himself, was there a more infamous name than Goering — Germany’s second in command, the bombastic Reichsmarshall, commander of the Luftwaffe, and arch anti-Semite?

Believed by some to have aided endangered Jews, Albert Goering may be designated a “Righteous Gentile.” That’s Goering, as in…

VIDEO: White House Details Obama Mideast Visit

03/18/2013 - 20:00

The White House on Friday posted this preview of President Obama's Middle East trip this week, by Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security adviser.

Taken with a couple of major league newspaper pieces, it adds up to a White House quid pro quo bid to the Israelis: We'll make pleasant noises about the Jewish connection to the land, you make pleasant noises about peace.


Muslims Leaders Visit Yad Vashem

11/26/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Few people notice when a delegation of visitors comes to Yad Vashem, when the members lay wreaths and stand silently and view the photographs of Nazi atrocity during the Holocaust. One delegation that visited Yad Vashem the other day drew notice — a group of French imams, leaders of their country’s Islamic community.

Photo By Getty Images

Yad Vashem Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Graffiti

06/10/2012 - 20:00


Vandals spray painted anti-Israel and anti-Semitic graffiti at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

The slogans written in Hebrew, including "Hitler, thank you for the Holocaust," "If Hitler did not exist, the Zionists would have invented him," and "The war of the Zionist regime is not the war of the Jewish people," were mostly found at the entrance to the museum and concentrated near the Warsaw Ghetto Square and the memorial to the deportees.

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