"ונתתי להם בביתי ובחומתי יד ושם טוב מבנים ומבנות שם עולם אתן לו אשר לא יכרת"
One of the first pioneers of the project of the establishment of the national memorial of Holocaust was Mordekhai Shenhavy, the prominent member of Kibbutz Mishmar A-Emek. He proposed to name it after the words of Isaiah the prophet Yad Va Shem - Name and Memory. Perhaps he meant both the victimcs and those non Jews who risking thier lives were trying to save the Jewish people.
Later, in 1953, Education minister, historian, Professor Ben Tzion Dinoor proposed to issue a law for the establishment of the memorial and the museum. The law being accepted fulfilled the will of millions perished in the Holocaust people that their cause will not be forgotten.
In 1960-s the first exhibition was opened and then the prominent exhibition began working in 1973.
The architect Moshe Safdy created new museum in the middle of 1990-s. It includes more than 100 videomonitors constantly screening the survivers' witnesses and also documentary chronicles of WW2 and Holocaust events.
to be continued...