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    New Holocaust History Museum to be opened in Israel on Tuesday

    Hürriyet Haber
    13.03.2005 - 12:15 | Son Güncelleme:

    The New Holocaust History Museum (Yad Vashem) will be opened in Israel on Tuesday. A delegation headed by Justice Minister Cemil Cicek will representTurkey at the opening. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will represent the United States.

    Presidents of Poland, Switzerland, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Latvia and Serbia-Montenegro; prime ministers of Romania, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden; and foreign ministers of Norway, Germany and Spain will be in attendance at the opening.

    United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan will come to Israel to join the event.

    An official of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Turkey would be the only Muslim country sending a delegation to the opening.

    Russia will dispatch a delegation led by National Security Council Chairman Igor Ivanov.

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will represent the United States.

    Meanwhile, Yad Vashem the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority Chairman Avner Shalev said that the new museum would consist the whole history of the Holocaust.

    Documents, photographs, personal possessions, diaries of child victims of the Holocaust, and testimonies of survivors will be displayed in the new museum.

    ''The Hall of Names, which functions as a repository for the pages of testimony of millions of Holocaust victims, is composed of two cones: one extending ten meters skywards, echoed by a reciprocal well-like cone excavated into the natural underground rock, its base filled with water.  Visitors will be able to view the upper cone, where a display features some 600 photographs of Holocaust victims and fragments of pages of testimony; this is reflected in the water at the bottom of the lower cone, commemorating those victims whose names remain unknown,'' Shalev added.    

    The museum will be opened to public on March 27th.

    More than six million Jewish people were murdered in concentration and extermination camps by Nazi Germany during the World War II.

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