After the Kotel (the Western Wall), Yad Vashem receives more visitors than any other tourist site in Israel. Established by Israeli law in 1953, Yad Vashem is the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, also known as the Holocaust Museum. The name is taken from Isaiah 56:5: "Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name ..." (yad vashem) The Hebrew word yad also means 'memorial'.
For the first time ever this week, the National Religious Broadcasters Network of America (NRB) in partnership with Christian Friends of Yad Vashem, will air "A Nation Remembers," a broadcast of Israel's official Holocaust Remembrance ceremony. Filmed on April 7, 2013 at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and study center in Jerusalem, the well-attended open-air evening ceremony, with other ceremonies held at centers around the country, traditionally begins Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Visiting Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem often leads to emotional and unexpected encounters.