Gideeon Sa'ar shakes hands Guido Westerwelle 390.
(photo credit: Muki Schwartz)
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle signed an agreement Wednesday
granting 10 million euros to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum over the
According to the agreement, the German government will
transfer one million euros to Yad Vashem every year for the next 10 years. The Education Ministry stated that the agreement reflects the
will of the German government to support Yad Vashem's activities,
which include collecting archival documentation, research and education
and the world.
Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said that the
agreement constitutes an important source of funding, and will be used
to expand Yad Vashem's activities and to locate and purchase significant
Holocaust documents from archives in Europe, making them accessible
to the public via the Internet.
"On behalf of the government of
Israel, I express a deep appreciation to the German government for
providing funding for this important purpose. This decision reflects the
importance that the German government attaches to the subject of the
Holocaust. The commemoration of the Holocaust is an endless task," said
Yad Vashem chairman Avner Shalev also expressed his
gratitude: "The German government sees Yad Vashem as a center for global
documentation, education and research of the Holocaust and understands
its special significance for both the Jewish nation and the entire
He praised the agreement, saying it "strengthens the
commitment of the German government and the German nation, to the the
commemoration of the Holocaust."