The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1995Prime Minister (1990-1997)

Mr Major’s Doorstep Interview at Yad Vashem – 13 March 1995

Below is the transcript of Mr Major’s doorstep interview following his visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Monday 13th March 1995.


Prime Minister, can you share your feelings with us after your visit?


It is difficult to express very clearly and succinctly the variety of emotions you feel in seeing this remarkable monument. I suppose that I have just written in the book illustrates the point: “Those who forget the past may be condemned to re-live it”, and I think it is right to remind people of precisely what happened, precisely the depths of horror that can occur. And I believe that the memorial here expresses that very vividly, I have heard a great deal about it, I had not seen it, I have now seen it and I very much doubt that I will ever forget it. So I am delighted to be able to be here today.