About the Yad Vashem Artifacts Collection
The Yad Vashem Artifacts Collection 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. More...
From our Collection
The Liberation of Auschwitz
On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz was liberated by the Red Army. By that date, over 1.3 million individuals had been deported there, some 90% of whom were murdered in the gas chambers on arrival. Read more >>>
The “Teheran Children”
When World War II broke out, some 300,000 Jews fled east from Poland to the interior of the Soviet Union, among them some 1,000 children arrived in Teheran. Many of these children were orphans, having lost their parents during the long and arduous trail through the Soviet Union. Read more >>>
Chess Sets, a Brief Respite from a Harsh Reality
Preserved in the Artifacts Collection of Yad Vashem's Museum are approximately twenty chess sets that were used by Jews during the Holocaust. Some were crafted during the war, others were made before the war and taken with Jews who were deported from their homes. Read more >>>
Artifacts on Display in the Museum Complex
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. More...
Artifacts in the Synagogue
“This Synagogue serves as a memorial to the destroyed synagogues of European Jewry. It will be a testimonial to the faith, to the rich spiritual world of European Jewry and to the extraordinary will of the Jewish people to survive, to remember and to rebuild.” (Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem at the dedication of the Synagogue, June 2005) More...