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Question 15.4:
Is there any online information available on Yad Vashem?

Answer:

Yad Vashem is the Holocaust memorial of the Jewish people. Located in Jerusalem Israel, it was established in 1953 by an act of Parliament.

At the core of the Holocaust was the decision to kill the Jews--six million of whom were murdered. These events are of monumental significance for the contemporary world and, by directing visitors to confront this history, we hope to stimulate them to grapple with issues that strike at our basic nature as human beings and to gain insights about our societies and about ourselves.

The name YAD VASHEM comes from a passage in the Book of Isaiah:

"And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial ... an everlasting name [a "yad vashem"], that shall not be cut off." (chapter 56, verse 5).

Yad Vashem is available via WWW using the following URL: http://www.yad-vashem.org.il/


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