Holocaust museum wins Spanish cultural accolade

13th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Jerusalem's Holocaust Museum has won the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, Spain's equivalent of the Nobels, the Prince of Asturias Foundation said Wednesday.

13 September 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - Jerusalem's Holocaust Museum has won the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, Spain's equivalent of the Nobels, the Prince of Asturias Foundation said Wednesday.

The jury honoured the museum for its work in "transmitting to future generations the need for preserving human rights and, essentially, the respect for life" after the horrors of Nazism.

In a statement the Foundation said the museum "has become the most important repository of information and research and education centre of one the largest genocides in the history of Mankind," with an estimated six million Jews killed during the Holocaust.

The museum will receive 50,000 euros (65,000 dollars) at a ceremony next month in the Asturian regional capital of Oviedo.

The museum had been put forward for the award, one of eight made annually in different fields including culture, technology and sport, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The Jerusalem Holocaust Museum, or Yad Vashem, is an exhibition complex located in Har Hazikaron, in western Jerusalem.

The Israeli parliament passed a law establishing it in 1953 in order to keep alive the memory of victims of the Shoah (Holocaust), killed between 1933 and 1945 by the Nazis and their collaborators.

[Copyright AFP with Expatica]

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