(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.