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The Artifacts Collection

About the Artifacts Collection

The Artifacts Collection of the Yad Vashem Museum includes more than 27,000 items that were donated over the years by Holocaust survivors or their families, as well as artifacts received from various organizations in Israel and abroad. The collection includes a wide variety of artifacts connected to the events that unfolded in Europe during the first half of the twentieth century and they reveal different aspects of the events of the Holocaust. More...

The Artifacts Collection

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The Artifacts Collection Through the Years

  • A crate filled with Holocaust victims’shoes, arriving at Yad Vashem from the Majdanek death camp in preparation for exhibition in the Holocaust History Museum in Yad Vashem
  • Torah Arks being packed in a building in the Bucharest cemetery, in preparation for transfer to Yad Vashem. Romania, 1999
  • Haviva Peled-Carmeli, Director of the Artifacts Department at Yad Vashem breaking the seal of a container packed with Torah Arks from Romania. December 1999
  • Unloading Torah Arks from Romania at Yad Vashem, December 1999
  • Frame of a railcar that was used to deport Belgian Jews to the death camps in Poland, arriving in Yad Vashem in preparation for exhibition in the Holocaust History Museum
  • Frame of a railcar that was used to deport Belgian Jews to the death camps in Poland, being lowered into the new Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem through the unfinished roof of the building
  • Haviva Peled-Carmeli, Director of the Artifacts Department at the site of the Kaufering concentration camp in advance of the transfer of a prisoner barrack to Yad Vashem. Winter 2003
  • The A-frame from the wooden roof of a prison barrack in Kaufering concentration camp shown in storage inside the circular buildings that housed prisoners. Winter 2003
  • Unloading the sections of the prison barrack from Kaufering concentration camp, upon the container’s arrival at Yad Vashem. Summer 2003
  • Haviva Peled-Carmeli, Director of the Artifacts Department and Yehudit Inbar, Director of the Museums Division viewing artifacts that arrived at Yad Vashem from the site of the Chelmno death camp in preparation for their display in the new Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem, May 2001
  • Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate; Limor Livnat, Education Minister; and Haviva Peled-Carmeli, Director of the Artifacts Department viewing artifacts from the Chelmno death camp that were transferred to Yad Vashem for display in the new Holocaust History Museum. May 2001
  • A wagon from the quarries of Gross-Rosen concentration camp where many forced laborers worked, as photographed on site, prior to its transfer to Yad Vashem. Winter 2002
  • A wooden cart, displayed as a symbol of the deportation of Jews to the ghettos, being put in place in the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem, 2004
  • A synagogue lamp from North Africa that was looted by the Nazis, being secured in place in the gallery depicting the fate of the Jews of North Africa during the Holocaust. February 2005
  • Railway tracks that led to Auschwitz, being lowered into the Holocaust History Museum through the uncompleted roof. 2004
  • Shimon Srebernik z”l, a survivor of the Chelmno death camp, viewing his testimony on a screen displayed next to the leg manacles he was forced to wear as a prisoner, at the opening of the new Holocaust History Museum, Yad Vashem 2005
  • The bicycle that “Righteous Among the Nations” Marie-Rose Gineste rode in France, on its arrival at Yad Vashem. October 2000