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Yad Vashem Presents: Holocaust Videos for the Iranian Audience

Yad Vashem launches new YouTube channel in the Farsi language, aims at educating Iranians about what happened during the Holocaust.
By Elad Benari and Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 1/24/2011, 6:50 PM / Last Update: 1/25/2011, 3:12 AM

In an attempt to fight Holocaust denial by Iran, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem is launching a new YouTube channel explaining the Holocaust in the Farsi language.

IsraelNationalNews TV attended the official launching ceremony of the channel on Monday and brings you the pictures and voices from the event.


“We want to put at the focus of that website the personal stories of the people who went through those awful experiences,” said Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev. “This is the most important way to build this kind of trust and empathy with their story.”

“It is very important for every human being to know what the facts were and leave the interpretations to them,” added Prof. David Yerushalmi of the Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. “But the most important thing is to show the realities that existed during the Shoah.”

The YouTube channel is aimed at Farsi speaking audiences throughout the world, but particularly at Iranian citizens, whose government has been known to blatantly deny the Holocaust.

“Their government is refusing to admit that the Shoah happened at all, and the new generation lives under this impression,” said Holocaust survivor Rina Shashua Chason. “It’s very important to give them the true story of the Holocaust.”

When asked if he believes that the Iranian government could take measures to block the YouTube channel to its citizens, Prof. Yerushalmi said: “The Iranians have access to very sophisticated technology in terms of putting barriers on internet services outside of Iran. Most likely the Iranian regime will try to prevent this site from getting to the Iranian public.”