The Artifacts Collection
Artifacts in the Holocaust History Museum
The Holocaust History Museum tells the story of the Holocaust from a distinctive Jewish point of view using authentic artifacts, documents, testimonies, film footage, diaries, letters and artworks, emphasizing the personal stories of the victims of the Holocaust.
The many and varied artifacts displayed along the path of the Museum demonstrate and highlight the personal stories of Jews who lived under Nazi occupation in Europe and North Africa during the Holocaust.
The Artifacts collection includes thousands of artifacts that have been collected throughout the existence of Yad Vashem. The great diversity of artifacts that have survived the Holocaust include personal effects and objects that served families or communities; some show fine craftsmanship while the simplicity of others attests to the difficult conditions under which they were created.
Only a small number of artifacts could be displayed in the permanent exhibition of the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem. These, along with all the artifacts preserved in the Collection, play a key role in our ability to preserve the memory of the Holocaust.