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.
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.