While the law stipulates the commitment to commemorate the Holocaust and the heroism of that period in the same breath, the question of what heroism is, and how it should be expressed at Yad
Vashem, is complex and has evolved over time.

*The Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance (Yad Vashem) Law 5713-1953, The Statute Book, no. 132, 8 Elul 5713, Aug. 19, 1953, paragraph 2.