Representing the United States will be Vice President Dick Cheney and all of the living former presidents: Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Thirty heads of state--including the presidents of Israel, Germany, France, and Russia--will attend. Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's newly inaugurated president, will also be present. His father was imprisoned at Auschwitz during World War II.
Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom, referring to the dwindling numbers of Holocaust survivors, said yesterday at the United Nations that "we are on the brink of that moment when this terrible event will change--from memory to history."