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Visit of Director-General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura at Yad Vashem

Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura studying an exhibit in the Holocaust History Museum Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura studying an exhibit in the Holocaust History Museum
Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura signing the Visitors’ Book outside of the Children’s Memorial Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura signing the Visitors’ Book outside of the Children’s Memorial
Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura in the Hall of Names Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura in the Hall of Names
Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev presenting the International Youth Declaration signed by the delegates of the International Youth Congress recently held at Yad Vashem Director General of UNESCO Koichiro Matsuura and Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev presenting the International Youth Declaration signed by the delegates of the International Youth Congress recently held at Yad Vashem

(February 6, 2008 - Jerusalem) Director-General of UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) Koichiro Matsuura recently visited Yad Vashem.

During the course of his visit, Director-General Matsuura visited the Holocaust History Museum and Children’s Memorial, and participated in a wreath laying ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance. Signing the Visitors’ Book upon exiting the Children’s Memorial, Director General Matsuura wrote:

“I am very moved by everything that I have seen here at the Yad Vashem. The whole thing vividly represents a tragic history which the humanity should never repeat in any part of the world.”

During his visit, Director-General Matsuura discussed with Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate Avner Shalev ways to further cooperate with Yad Vashem, particularly in the field of education, especially teacher-training.

Recently, Yad Vashem cooperated with UNICEF on events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27. The first International Youth Congress at Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies (January 27-29) took place under the patronage of UNESCO, and UNESCO’s commemoration event in Paris took place with Yad Vashem’s cooperation. A special Yad Vashem exhibit, “Auschwitz: The Depth of the Abyss”, opened in the UNESCO building in Paris to mark the day.