The government approved the appointment of Yosef (Tommy) Lapid as chairman of Yad Vashem Sunday.
"This is closure that I had to have for the memory of my father and the memory of the Jews who perished in the Holocaust," said Lapid.
Lapid, 75, was born in the city Novi Sad in the north of Yugoslavia. During the Holocaust he was in the ghetto in Budapest, capital of Hungary.
"My whole life I have been connected to the Holocaust. It is an issue that is very close to my heart," said Lapid as he entered his new position. "As a refugee of the Holocaust I see a sacred commitment to immortalize the memory of the Holocaust now and in the future in the hearts of young and old in Israel and abroad."
Lapid, until recently deputy prime minister, minister of justice, and a Knesset member of the Shinui party, is replacing Professor Shevach Weiss, former Knesset speaker, in this position.