Israel Wing for Holocaust Museum
Obama Announces New Wing for Holocaust Museum
Washington, 21st April, 2012.
President Barack Obama announced yesterday that he had personally authorized a Federal Supplementary Grant of $40m to the Washington Holocaust Museum.
This is designated to fund the first of three planned phase of the Israel Memorial Wing; the funding for the next phase has already been pledged privately, including by King Abdulah of Saudi Arabia and the Israel Memorial Foundation.
President Obama said that “the State of Israel will always hold a special place in our hearts and it is fitting that a Museum celebrating the 63 years of Israel’s existence, and the State’s many achievements, be established here in Washington, as an extension of the Holocaust Museum.”
Since the destruction of Israel in January 2011, by the Iranian nuclear attack, dozens of ceremonies have taken place in capitals around the world, including a solemn ceremony at the United Nations, and an unprecedented three minute silence around the world on the first anniversary of the nuclear holocaust.
Officials at the White House described the Federal Grant to the Washington Holocaust Museum as “the largest donation ever for a memorial to a sovereign State”, and was “a fitting gesture and recognition of the special relationship which had existed between the USA and the late State of Israel”.