Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Yesterday, together with 15 other researchers ( mostly historians, but also at least one psychologist and a teacher ) I received a prize at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. This was a good opportunity to go and see the new museum. It is very impressive and contains a beautiful and moving collection of pictures, videos, artifacts and other things that visualize the subject. It is a bad place to be if you are claustrophobic: the exposition consists of one long, rather narrow, concrete hallway with zig-zag sideways dedicated to certain periods or aspects of the Shoah. Unlike the old exposition the new museum measures up to its 'competitors' ( I am afraid this term is justified ) abroad.
My father-in-law, my wife and our daughter also attended the prize giving ceremony. In the morning, while I visited some archives in Jerusalem, they visited the Knesset as special guests of one of the parliament's committees. Early in the afternoon I met them at the Mount Herzl cemetery for the "nation's leaders" ( Yad Vashem is also located on Mt Herzl ). There we visited the graves of Theodor Herzl, of former prime ministers Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir, presidents Herzog and Shazar and others. Afterwards the four of us went to Yad Vashem. After the ceremony we drove to Tel Aviv, where my father-in-law went to a Labor party convention to vote. He arrived two minutes before the polling booths were closed ( the vote was about some party rules, I don't know ) and then we went to eat something near kibbutz Shefayim.
Now I will post eleven pictures that I took yesterday.
  1. The grave of Yitzhak and Leah Rabin
  2. The grave of Golda Meir
  3. The grave of Theodor Herzl
  4. and
  5. impressions of Mount Herzl
  6. The new museum at Yad Vashem
  7. idem, the entrance to the permanent exposition
  8. The view that you see when you come out of the exposition
  9. The exit seen from above
  10. and
  11. View from Yad Vashem ( pictures taken right next to the entrance to Yad Vashem's archives )

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