American Society for Yad Vashem, Inc.

November 10, 2015

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953 by the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) and entrusted with the task of commemorating the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. It mandates Holocaust remembrance, commemoration, and education to safeguard the memory of the past and impart its meaning for future generations. Yad Vashem is now the world center for documentation, research, and education and is a dynamic and vital place of intergenerational and international encounter.

The American Society for Yad Vashem (ASYV) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, spearheaded by Eli Zborowski z”l, to support the efforts of Yad Vashem. Since its establishment, ASYV has grown from a handful of dedicated Holocaust survivors to a large network of passionate individuals that include many members of the second and third generation of survivors. Our initiatives include the Young Leadership Associates, a group of enthusiastic members of the third generation that has undertaken the task of developing programs to promote Holocaust education and awareness. It sponsors social and educational events for younger members of the community, helping support ongoing activities in Holocaust education. ASYV has also been in the forefront of sharing current news and features about all aspects of the Holocaust and resistance through its publication, “Martyrdom & Resistance.”  Inaugurated in 1974, it is the first and oldest continuous periodical devoted to the Holocaust.