Bearing Witness: Stories Behind the Artifacts in the Yad Vashem Museum Collection

Rescue

Rescue during the war took many forms, all of which required a combination of initiative and daring on the part of the person attempting to flee, good will of people from all walks of life, and a considerable degree of what some call luck and others refer to as Divine intervention.

Each story that accompanies an artifact in the collection reveals a reality where truth is stranger than fiction. Each story also confirms that even where evil threatens to prevail, kindness and charity do exist, and they can make all the difference.

A handbag and wallet crafted by Yechezkel Fleisher while in hiding in Buozenai, Lithuania
A handbag and wallet crafted by Yechezkel Fleisher while in hiding in Buozenai, Lithuania
A bookend decorated with the colors of the Dutch flag and orange lions – symbols of the Dutch monarchy
Toys in the Attic
The crate that served the Cohen family as a suitcase
Treasured Chest
Baby’s eating utensils that arrived together with Henry Hamerslag when Mirjam Waterman transferred him to Hetty Voute at the train station and thence to Katy Mulder
Saving two Souls