On the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Embassy of the State of Israel
organises the exhibition
at the Museum of Arts and Crafts
31 January 2018 – 11 February 2018
The Righteous Among the Nations
Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, safeguards the memory of the past and imparts its meaning for future generations. Established in 1953 as a world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.
One of Yad Vashem’s principal duties is to convey the gratitude of the State of Israel and the Jewish people to the few who made efforts to help Jews during the Holocaust. This mission was defined by the law establishing Yad Vashem, and in 1963 the Remembrance Center embarked upon a worldwide project to grant the title of Righteous Among the Nations to the non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews, and to perpetuate their legacy.
To this end, Yad Vashem set up a public commission, headed by a retired Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, which examines each case and is responsible for granting the title. Those recognized receive a medal and a certificate of honor; they are commemorated on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem; and the rescue stories, documents, and testimonies are preserved for perpetuity.
As of the end of 2017, close to 27,000 men and women from all walks of life, backgrounds and religions, hailing from over 50 countries worldwide, have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. The recognition program continues, and Yad Vashem receives hundreds of requests to honor rescuers every year.