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New Chair for Israel’s Yad Vashem

January 2, 2000

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israel’s Holocaust memorial named a former parliament speaker as the chairman of its international board on Sunday.

Shevah Weiss, 64, replaces Joseph Burg, who died in October, as head of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial’s advisory board that meets once a year.

Weiss served as lawmaker for 18 years, including seven as the deputy chairman of the parliament and four as speaker.

Weiss was born in Poland and survived the Holocaust to immigrate to Israel in 1947. He was a political science professor at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University for many years and represented the ruling Labor party in parliament until last year.

Weiss fought unsuccessfully in 1998 against the lifting of an informal Israeli ban on the music of Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler’s favorite composer, whose songs were often played at Nazi rallies and in death camps.

Israeli radio stations now play Wagner’s music, although it is never performed publicly in the country.

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