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Obama at Yad Vashem

President Obama listens to Yad Vashem's Chairman Avner Shalev at the Holocaust memorial museum on Friday. Alongside them, former chief rabbi and Holocaust survivor Yisrael Meir Lau, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres (photo credit: Channel 2 screenshot)
President Obama listens to Yad Vashem’s Chairman Avner Shalev at the Holocaust memorial museum on Friday. Alongside them, former chief rabbi and Holocaust survivor Yisrael Meir Lau, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres (photo credit: Channel 2 screenshot)

Obama is now at Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust museum and memorial.

The memorial’s name comes from a verse in Isaiah (56:5). It was founded in 1953, as Israel was only beginning to grapple with what had happened in Europe.

Obama is in the Hall of Names, which aims to commemorate every Jew killed by the Nazis. The walls are lined with binders of documents and the roof is covered in photographs of victims.

Avner Shalev, the memorial’s chairman, is guiding the president at the memorial.

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