Billionaire Roman Abramovich makes ‘8-digit donation’ to Yad Vashem

Russian-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich has agreed to make a very large donation to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, the museum announced.

Museum spokesman Simmy Allen does not give the exact sum, but says that it is “an eight-digit donation,” putting it in the tens of millions of shekels.

“With this contribution, Roman Abramovich will become the second-largest private donor to Yad Vashem, after Miri and Sheldon Adelson,” he says.

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich applauds his players after they defeated Arsenal 6-0, in an English Premier League soccer match at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, on March 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The contribution will go toward various Yad Vashem projects, among them the creation of two new “Book of Names” memorials, a collection of the names of all known Holocaust victims. One will be a permanent exhibition at the Jerusalem museum, and the other will be a mobile display that will travel around the world.

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