Israel honours 60 years Holocaust memorial centre Yad Vashem with coins

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August 8, 2013 – Yad Vashem (from ‘And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name (a ‘yad vashem’) that shall not be cut off’ Isaiah 56:5) in Jerusalem, is a pioneer of Holocaust Museums worldwide. It is the Jewish people’s living memorial to the Holocaust, dedicated to the memory of the past and imparting its meaning for future generations.

The Hall of Names containing Pages of Testimony commemorating the millions of Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. Photo: David Shankbone /

Established in 1953 by the Knesset as the world centre for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust, Yad Vashem is today a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter, visited by nearly a million people each year and all world leaders on their official visits to Israel.
The Yad Vashem Pages of Testimony Memorial Repository has recently been included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. In sixty years, 2.6 million names have been documented by Yad Vashem on Pages of Testimony, which together with other documentation have allowed Yad Vashem to identify so far, by name 4.2 million out of the 6 million victims of the Holocaust. The Pages of Testimony Memorial Repository is housed in the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem.

The gold version of the 65th Anniversary Coin.

Designed by Yossi Lemel, the Israel 65th Anniversary Coin marks the 60th Anniversary of the Yad Vashem. Its design is a poignant reminder of the past horrors of the Holocaust, while at the same time, a firm expression of the continuity and rebirth of the Jewish people in the modern State of Israel.
On the obverse figures the Israel State Emblem, ‘Israel’ in English, Hebrew and Arabic, the Mint Year and Mint Mark. On the reverse there is a striped shirt with Star of David, resembling the garment forced upon the Jewish people in the Holocaust. A Star of David in the background symbolizes ‘The People of Israel Lives on’.
Part of the sales proceeds will be donated to Yad Vashem.

To learn more about these coins please visit the website of the Israel Coins and Medals Corp.

This is the official YouTube channel of Yad Vashem.

And here you get to the official Yad Vashem website.