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Yad Vashem
was given the commemorative role as its pri­
mary function. But the enabling legislation also declared the
Authority competent to “collect, examine and publish testimony
of the disaster and the heroism i t called forth.” The research
and publications of
Yad Vashem
will be the topic of the con­
cluding paragraphs of this essay.
In his lifetime the second President of Israel established at the
Hebrew University an “Institu te
(M akh on )
for the Study of
Jewish Communities in Asia and Africa.” After his death the
Institute, while retaining its name and identity and connection
with the University, became part of the larger Memorial Foun­
(“Y ad”)
the full title of which appears at the head of
this paragraph. The Foundation is now housed in the grounds
and buildings which were formerly the official residence of the
President of the State.
T he
M akh on ,
now slighlty overshadowed by the Land of
Israel studies which constitute the other aspect of the Founda­
tion, has nevertheless continued to foster research and publica­
tion in the history and literature of Oriental Jewries. After a
period of slackening in this particular branch of study, the pace
has begun to quicken. Recent publications include a voluminous
bibliography on the Institu te’s field of interest, and a further
volume of the projected dictionary of Ladino.
Cohen, H. J. and Yehudah, Z.
A sian an d A fr ican Jews in
the M id d le East 1860-1971.
Annotated Bibliography.
Hebrew and English. 1976. 499 pp.
Lazar, M., ed.
D icc iona r io L ad in o -H eb reo con Glossario
Lad ino -E spano l. L e tra Gu im e l.
1976. Spanish, 72 pp.;
Hebrew, 111 pp.
M akh on
has also started a Center for Research on North
African Jewry, which has three important titles ready for pub­
lication. I t is reported tha t plans are afoot to create a Center
for the Study of Yemenite Jewry.
In Land of Israel studies, which is the other branch of its
Yad Ben-Zvi
has been very productive indeed. The
excellent catalogue (1977) in Hebrew and English runs to 22